After posting one of the most disappointing performances of his life against Rashad Evans at UFC 114, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson admitted that filming The A-Team movie may not have been the best decision for his fight game.
“I never had any pressure like this in my whole fighting career. Me having this damn movie,” Jackson said of the film that opens on June 11th. “I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie and stuff now.”
The arch enemies were originally slated to fight at UFC 107 after completing their assignments as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” however Rampage opted to turn his back on MMA and accept the role of B.A. Baracus.
“I’m just so happy for [the fight] to be over with,” Jackson admitted. “I gotta leave tonight to go on tour for this damn movie. I regret I even did the movie, almost.
“FOX kind of threatened to sue me if I lost cause they didn’t know I was fighting [tonight at UFC 114]. There was a whole bunch of pressure.”
When “the role of a lifetime” was first offered to Rampage, he said he couldn’t refuse because it was a show he and his father enjoyed together when he was a kid. Their moments watching the popular 1980’s hit series are some of the few fond memories Rampage remembers having with his old man.
Although hindsight is 20/20, it does appear the soon-to-be 32-year-old realizes now that he may have gotten himself into something he wasn’t prepared for.
“I’m a fighter,” said Jackson. “I tried to go into a whole new adventure. I didn’t even know about a tour and stuff with movies. I had no idea I had to do this stuff. It was very stressful. I’m just so happy this part is over and when I finish the tour with this movie, I’ll be happy with that. I can go home and hang out with my kids and relax at the house.”
The good news for Jackson is that he reportedly did very well in the movie remake, however that only means there will be plenty more offers sent his way.
“I don’t know, I gotta make decisions,” Jackson said. “Cause it looks like it’d be hard to do both if you’re taking time off and fighting guys like the caliber of guys here in the UFC. People were saying you need a warm-up fight before you fight Rashad.
“There are no warm-up fights in the UFC. I gotta think about which one I want to do.”