For you MMA fans that were disappointed with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s decision to back out of his fight against fellow “The Ultimate Fighter 10” coach Rashad Evans at UFC 107, it’s nothing in comparison to how company president Dana White felt about Rampage going Hollywood.
“I hate it. I hate it so bad, I can’t even tell you how bad I hate it,” White said today on The Dam Show. “I’m so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy that we’ve obviously taken under our wing the last few years. We really like him and have done a lot of good things for him. For him to do this to me, and pull out and do this goofy A-Team movie, I’m not happy about it at all.”
In case you missed it, Evans announced a couple weeks back that Rampage signed-on to play B.A. Baracus on the movie remake of the popular 80’s show, The A-Team, even though they had agreed to meet in front of Rampage’s Memphis, Tennessee peeps on December 12th.
With filming conflicting with training, Rampage decided to hit the big screen instead of hitting his bitter rival inside the Octagon. A precocious decision that continues to baffle White’s mind to this day.
“You’re gonna be a huge bonafide movie star with one role?” White questioned. “They’re not paying him jack. Okay? He’s giving up literally millions of dollars to play Mr. T. If you think he’s gonna go in and say ‘I pity the foo’ and he’s gonna become a huge serious actor off that role, give me a friggin’ break.”
In actuality, Rampage isn’t the first fighter to proactively peruse outside ventures as his career edges closer to its end. Former UFC champs Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz have all tried their hand at acting, however that was during the “off-season,” not after they signed-on to fight in what could be a light heavyweight top contender match-up.
Either way, Dana’s not pleased with the situation and he’s gone elementary school with it as he refuses to waste a breath on his former homie.
“I’m mad at Rampage right now,” White reiterated. “Rampage is somebody that I consider a friend, and he put me in a bad position. I’m not happy about it. He hurt himself, he hurt us. Sometimes, seriously, you gotta save these guys from themselves. What he’s doing makes no sense whatsoever, so we’ll see how this whole thing plays out and what happens, but I’m mad at him. I don’t even want to talk to him right now. Lorenzo’s [Fertitta] talking to him, not me.”