If Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Pictured) wants to get fired for insubordination, then he’s certainly saying all the right things. Unfortunately for the former UFC light heavyweight champ, he’s still far too marketable for the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion to part with – despite his continued verbal assault on the UFC.
“I’ve been upset with the UFC and the opponents they’ve been giving me. I think [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face,” Rampage told HDNet’s Inside MMA. “I’m sorry, [but] you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out there and fight fights, so why do you keep giving me wrestlers who are going to take me down and hump me?
“After my fight with Jon Jones, they told my manager that I was losing my appeal, that rappers and stuff don’t come out to watch me fight no more, that fans don’t really like me no more.”
The 33-year-old has one final bout remaining on his current UFC contract, but he would prefer to never set foot inside the Octagon ever again. The veteran claims to have fought injured with no appreciation from the organization too many times and is prepared to take his talents elsewhere.
“I don’t want to fight for the UFC no more,” he stated. “The fans think that the UFC is the only show in town and everything, but I don’t care about money. I got money saved up. I got money that I’m making in other places. If you think I made all my money in the UFC, you wrong. I got sponsors that help me out.
“I don’t wanna be a part of the UFC no more. Just let me go. If they feel like I’ve lost my appeal, just let me go. I don’t wanna keep fighting guys that are gonna lay there and hump my leg and the referee not gonna stand us up. Let me go.”
Rampage posted on his Twitter account that UFC president Dana White wouldn’t try to retain his services after his next outing. However, Rampage is clearly trying to do everything within his power to be released ASAP.
Please click the media player below to listen to Rampage’s extended rant: