While Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Pictured) was having the large gash above his right eye stitched up following his UFC 135 loss to light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, he asked UFC president Dana White if he could compete in the company’s return trip to Japan. At the time, White was more than happy to oblige.
Their backstage conversation went a little something like this (9:22 mark in the video):
Rampage: Can I fight [Mauricio “Shogun” Rua] in Japan?
White: Let’s see. Well, Shogun is fighting [Dan] Henderson up in San Jose. So we’ll see what happens.
Rampage: Oh, ok. But can I be on the Japan card?
White: Yeah. Hell yeah. I like when you’re asking me for fights. Are you [expletive] me? Come on. You think I’m gonna [expletive] argue with that?
Well, it appears MMA’s head honcho has had a change of heart and Rampage is none too pleased about it.
“It don’t look like I’m fighting n Japan which I’m not happy about at all,I think its a big mistake by the UFC… [F***] it,” Rampage tweeted early Tuesday morning.
Prior to making his Octagon debut in February of 2007, Rampage made his claim to mixed martial arts fame with his epic battles in the Orient. Of his 41 professional fights, 18 of them have taken place in Japan.
The UFC returns to The Land of the Rising Sun on February 26th. The Rampage-less show features a lightweight title tilt between champion Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson.