Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has never been shy about his obsession for cash. Like most of us, he wants to make as much as he can for doing as little as possible. While he thought the silver screen would be his best outlet, Rampage quickly learned that the money isn’t always greener on the other side.
“Here, there’s a thing called ‘pecking order,'” Jackson told LA Times.com of his B-lister treatment on The A-Team movie set. “I’m not used to that. People can be really inconsiderate of people’s feelings. I wasted three weekends in a row waiting in my trailer when they didn’t use me at all.
“If you know one thing about me, I say time is the most valuable thing in this universe. I hate wasting time. And these [individuals] wasted a lot of my … time! To be honest, my experience in this movie industry hasn’t always been good.”
Speaking of disappointing occurrences, Rampage unleashed an uneventful unanimous decision loss to his bitter rival Rashad Evans this weekend at UFC 114. The mortal enemies were originally slated to meet 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 in the highly anticipated movie remake.
Much was made of Rampage’s abrupt decision to shun the UFC, particularly by Octagon president Dana White. Although the former/current/quasi buddies have gently mended fences, White still appears irked by his former light heavyweight champ’s decision – specifically now that fans booed during another one of White’s pay-per-view main events.
Rampage vs. Evans marked the third time in the UFC’s last four PPV broadcasts that ticket-payers emphatically voiced their displeasure.
“Listen, every day I get guys wanting to do all this crackpot stuff, to pull out of fights for movies that are terrible,” White recently said. “In hindsight now, did it hurt us? It wasn’t the greatest thing in the world to happen. We got over it.
“The grass is never greener on the other side and make no mistake about it, this is where Rampage makes his money. You know, this is where he makes a lot of money, so … I think he realizes, listen, it was a win-win for everybody. [Rampage] came in and got this fight. Rashad was the winner tonight. Rampage will jump back in line and start all over again.”
B.A. Baracus owns an impressive 30-8 record to go along with 21 devastating finishes. He’s one of the organization’s best performers and most popular athletes – when he’s not wasting his time making movies – however White is forcing him to start “ALL OVER AGAIN” – like at the very BOTTOM?
Perhaps things aren’t as copacetic between the two as the promoter portrayed. Let’s hope White will eventually show some more pity for the foo that “retired” from MMA to make The A-Team movie …