Any future partnerships between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and the UFC look bleak at this point. Following more remarks from Jackson being ‘done with the UFC‘ on a live showing of Inside MMA, UFC President Dana White responds to the continued dissatisfaction.
“‘Rampage’ is obviously not happy with the UFC – no big deal, brother,” White said shortly after Thursday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller.
Whatever the issue is, according to White – they are not voiced in their interactions.
“I’ll have a conversation with ‘Rampage’ and think we’re cool, and then I’ll read other stuff,” he said.
As usual, the dispute looks to stem from Jackson feeling under-paid as most employees do.
As far as money goes, everybody needs to make more money,” he said. “You making enough money? Nobody here is, right? Everybody needs to make more money. That’s human nature. What we do is we go and negotiate deals that work for everybody.
White defends his companies compensation of the fighters, and even feels they have went above and beyond their obligated employee – employer relationship.
“We’ve been good to everybody we’ve ever dealt with. We’ve never screwed anybody over, including ‘Rampage.’ And you want to talk about a guy that we went to bat for – we’ve gone to bat for him many times. I feel like [expletive] (Derek) Jeter when it comes to ‘Rampage.”
Patience has run thin on both sides of the fence now, as White is clearly over defending the former UFC champion.
“If he’s unhappy with us, doesn’t like us and doesn’t want to be with us anymore, then the feeling is mutual,”
With Jackson’s assumed departure after fulfilling his last required contract bout with the organization, he has hinted at continuing to ‘fight’ elsewhere. From entertaining the thought of boxing to showing interest in UFC competitor, Mark Pavelich’s MFC show on live television, Jackson has made his intentions clear.
Transcribed by MMAJunkie