Rampage Jackson will be returning to the cage after more than a year, for his fight against Rashad Evans in May at UFC 114. But in an interview with Fighters Only, Jackson reveals that he prefers “acting” to fighting. He also stated he is actually looking forward to leaving the UFC once his contract is up.
“I don’t know how much I ever loved the fight game, to be honest,” Jackson said. “Most fighters these days join fighting because they became a fan of it. When I started I wasn’t a fan of it — I’ve been a fighter my whole life. I just thought it was a blessing that God could give me something I could make money doing. When I was a kid I got tired of fighting. I didn’t want to be a fighter anymore. But I was just good at it. It was just something that was in my blood. Some people are fighters.”
Rampage put off his fight with Evans for six months so he could film the remake movie of “The A-Team” and stated that the UFC being unsupportive of his acting career helped with taking out his enjoyment in working with the organization.
“I like it a lot less than I used to,” Jackson said. “It’s no secret, everybody knows about the falling out I had with the UFC, and it’s just unfortunate that they’re trying to blame me for doing this movie.”
He feels that UFC hasn’t been particularly kind to him as well…
“They’ve said some things and done some things I don’t agree with- that’s not the way I do business,” Jackson said. “I’m a loyal person so I take care of people who take care of me, but people who don’t take care of me, I don’t take care of them. So I’m done with the UFC. They can’t ask me for anymore favors. Nothing. I just want to finish my contract and get out of there, do my own thing. Dana lied to me. He told me I didn’t have to fight Rashad, I could fight Machida. I did the show and then after that he told me I had to fight Rashad.”
OK then Rampage..just go then!!! No whining allowed.