Disgruntled employee Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson has had his wish granted. During last nights episode of UFC Tonight it was verified that the former champ and the UFC have agreed to split ways. The final contract agreement from Jackson will need to be fulfilled however as a bout between Jackson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is targeted for this summer.
Following an onslaught of criticism from the fans, press and his employer regarding missing weight and a loss to TUF winner Ryan Bader; an emotional Jackson took to Twitter to say he would not be unappreciated any longer and plans to cut ties with the organization.
Jackson, currently on a two-fight losing streak from champion Jon Jones and Ryan Bader has pointed the problem to match-maker Joe Silva for bad match-making.
“I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face,” he said. “I’m sorry, (but) you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out there and fight fights, so why do you keep giving me wrestlers who are going to take me down and hump me?
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua has shared the same luck after winning the title from Lyoto Machida in 2010. Rua would go 1-2 losing his title to Jon Jones via TKO and losing a unanimous decision to Dan Henderson in Nov. 2011 at UFC 139.
The match-up will look to reenact the classic Pride FC match-up that took place in 2005. Shogun had appeared the victor with a TKO finish via soccer kicks in the first round in the Middleweight Grand Prix opening round. It would mark the rise of the young talent in becoming the Pride middleweight GP champion.