Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Requests Release From UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
March 10th, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Quinton Rampage Jackson

Four days ago, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Pictured) professed he would be done with the UFC after his next fight. However, it appears the former light heavyweight champ wants out now. He took to his Twitter on Friday night and requested to be released from the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.

“Well I’m hoping the @ufc just let me go so I can do my thang, they took my love of fighting after the Forest fight! #bloodtypeBpositive,” Rampage tweeted. “I can fight better fights n a diff show!”

Rampage seems to have lost the pep in his step after losing his crown to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the 33-year-old has threatened to leave the UFC. In September of 2009, he claimed to be done with fighting because of the UFC’s perceived mistreatment. Instead of taking a top contender fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 107, Rampage accepted the role as B.A. Baracus in “The A-Team” movie, much to the dismay of UFC president Dana White.

Speaking of getting on your boss’ bad side, Rampage drew the ire of Octagon brass when he revealed following last month’s loss to Ryan Bader that he was prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy by his doctor prior to the fight. Taking the controversial treatment is one thing, but what got Rampage in hot water was when he stated, “So I spoke to the UFC and they were like, ‘Yeah, a lot of fighters are probably doing it but not telling anyone.’”

The quote has since vanished from FightersOnly’s interview.

While the controversial 205-pounder would like an early exit, it’s unlikely White will grant him his wish with at least one fight remaining on his contract.

Rampage has posted a 7-4 mark under the UFC’s watch, but has dropped two consecutive scraps.

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