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Page says UFC owes him, upset he didn't get Griffin and books Teixeira bout at FOX 6
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson says UFC owes him for lost privacy
Despite a long, winning career with the UFC, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has had a rough relationship with the promotion recently. In an interview he did with Middle Easy (transcribed by Bloody Elbow) Jackson said the UFC hasn't compensated him well enough for his loss of privacy.
Leaving the UFC would make me happy. I don't think there's anything they can do to fix it. I don't think they're even willing to fix it. I'm not upset with them. The UFC is a great organization, they've done a lot of great, positive things for the sport. It's mainstream now. I can't walk anywhere without people wanting a picture or attention or talking or anything. That's good, that's what people like. I just feel like...honestly, I just wish I could be compensated a little bit more for the privacy that I gave up. People don't understand that. I traded my privacy and my kids' privacy for...the living that I'm making now which is...Football players and basketball players these days, they're making MILLIONS!
Now, what's odd about this statement is not that Jackson wants more money. Who doesn't want to be paid more for their job? But Jackson's popularity is not solely due to the UFC. He was a beloved fighter with Pride before fighting with the UFC. He has been in several movies. He starred in "The A-Team," a movie that made $177 million at the box office internationally. He does autograph signings, and has appeared on talk shows and on the WWE Raw show.
Quinton Jackson upset he wasn’t given a chance to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155
Disgruntled UFC light heavyweight Quinton Jackson hasn’t changed his tune on how anxious he is to test free agency, cutting ties with the world’s foremost MMA promotion after one more bout. The match-up in question was supposed to have taken place last month with Glover Teixeira serving as an opponent, though “Rampage” never saw the fight materialize after being forced to withdraw due to injury.
However, Jackson has recovered to the point he’s ready to start training again, and when news broke that Chael Sonnen was out of a December 29 go at Forrest Griffin, the 34-year old saw what he felt was a great opportunity to settle an old score.
“Forrest’s opponent pulled out. Why not just go fight Forrest? I don’t care. I’ll fight Forrest and I’ll still fight Glover later,” said an angry Jackson to MiddleEasy when asked about being passed over in favor of Phil Davis. “Everyone knows I’ve been gunning for Forrest, because anyone who knows MMA, anyone who’s got a true heart, a real heart, and not a bigot, they know I won that fight.”
Griffin outpointed Jackson in mildly controversial decision to win the belt in a 2008 title-tilt and “Rampage” has been out for revenge ever since. Now, with Griffin booked and Teixeira out for up to six months with an injury, Jackson isn’t sure what his next move is and admits there is only one thing that will bring a smile to his face regarding his future.
“Leaving the UFC would make me happy. I don’t think there’s anything they can do to fix that,” grumbled Jackson.
Rampage Jackson vs Glover Teixeira added to UFC on FOX 6 fight card in Chicago
Quinton Jackson and Glover Teixeira now have their make up date after "Rampage" stood up his Light Heavyweight Brazilian fight partner earlier this year at UFC 153 because of an injury:
Jan. 26, 2013, on the UFC on FOX 6 main card that will emanate from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Jackson broke the news via his official Twitter.com page this evening, promising to "destroy" Teixeira:
"Outside the cage I hate no one. Life is too short for that. In side the cage my Job is to destroy! Glover is done on Jan 26 in Chicago ..."
Jackson is poised to (finally) make his final appearance for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after a tumultuous relationship, which has been well publicized over the last few months.
He's unhappy about his paycheck, thinks UFC matchmaker Joe Silva should be "shot in the face" and even turned down a recent offer to coach The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 opposite Chael Sonnen because he didn't want to get "humped."
Never a dull moment.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion will look to snap an uncharacteristic two-fight losing streak, having been finished by Jon Jones at UFC 135 before Ryan Bader outpointed him at UFC 144.
He better be motivated if he wants to ride off into the sunset a winner at the expense of a beast like Texieira.
"The Pit"-trained fighter is coming off a complete one-sided ass-kicking that sent Fabio Maldonado -- who stepped up on short notice to replace Jackson in Rio -- to the hospital after two insane rounds of punishment (see the pic here).
Maldonado somehow took everything that Texieira dished out before the referee, thankfully, waived off the match before the final frame. Prior to the Maldonado victory, Texieira choked out the venerable Kyle Kingsbury en route to a first round submission stoppage at UFC 146.
UFC on FOX 6 will feature a 125-pound world title fight between Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson in the main event of the evening, with a rumored match up between top Lightweight contenders Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis also expected to hook 'em on the nationally-televised main card.