Now that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has unsuccessfully fulfilled his UFC 114 commitment, B.A. Baracus is set to embark on a nationwide tour to promote this summer’s blockbuster movie, The A-Team.
Although Rampage constantly blasted Rashad Evans with disparaging remarks leading up to this weekend’s highly anticipated scrap, not much was made of the derogatory statements he directed towards his mortal enemy – specifically when he called him “gay.”
While the comments were swept under the MMA rug, as it was considered ‘boys-being-boys’ pre-fight chatter, Rampage is now dealing with a much more P.C. conscious audience that will jump all over the controversial fighter for his insensitive statements.
“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson told LA Times.com of his time in front of the camera. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass [individual]!”
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“Vancouver strikes me as a San Francisco-kind of place,” he continued. “And I don’t want [individuals] getting ideas about me. I feel in my heart I’m the toughest [individual] on the planet. And I don’t want nothing changing my train of thought. If you don’t believe that when we step inside the Octagon, it shows.”
Perhaps it was the MMA media’s fault (Tom Ngo included) for letting Rampage slide when he first dropped the G-bombs, however this might be the barometer to gauge where mixed martial arts is on the mainstream landscape.
Can you imagine the kind of uproar Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning or even Floyd Mayweather would have generated had they said what Rampage did? The only reason B.A. Baracus’ comments are getting any pub now is because it was the LA Times’ Entertainment department that decided to “break” the story.
Despite promising to unleash some vicious black-on black crime, Rampage’s relentless nature was clearly missing inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. While some might say his performance on Saturday night was rather “gay,” Hilary Duff would prefer for you to describe his lopsided unanimous decision loss as “That’s so – girl wearing a skirt as a top.”