For the past couple of months, Rampage Jackson has made his feelings towards the UFC very clear; he doesn’t like them.
Recently, he was heard saying that he feels famed UFC matchmaker Joe Silva should be “shot in the face” for giving him bouts with “boring fighters.” Obviously this didn’t sit well with the organization.
Rampage still has one fight left on his contract though, and was believed to be lining up a bout with Shogun Rua, unfortunately Jackson went under the knife for a double knee surgery, and nothing came of the fight.
But after whomever he fights next, Jackson says that’s it for him and the UFC. He was heard stating his feelings about the situation on last night’s episode of “Inside MMA.”
“After I leave the UFC, I’m done with them! Just like when I left PRIDE. You remember when I left PRIDE? It’s over. I was very loyal to PRIDE. I fought for PRIDE, and I fought the way I fought to put butts in seats. I took risks, slammed people and stuff like that. PRIDE did a good job. They built me up. I wasn’t that good when I first came out. I fought Sakuraba and they built me up and then threw me in some tough fights. That’s the way you’re supposed to do it. Now, the UFC, I was a better fighter when I came there. My second fight, they throw me to. The fans didn’t know who I was. I knocked him out, the fans booed me. That changed me, who I am towards the fans. I used to be the nicest guy towards fans. My first time getting booed. How are you gonna boo somebody for knocking somebody out? But I got a whole other opinion on that. And now, the UFC’s just throwing me all these boring fighters, these game planners, these wrestlers. I’m the type of fighter who you should match up with people who want to fight excitingly. You know what I’m saying? Cuz I’m gonna be the type of fighter who puts butts in seats.”
But before Rampage can even think about going to any other organizations he must finish out his last fight with the UFC. Even though he wants to be done with them once and for all, Jackson isn’t rushing to get back into the octagon until his knees are fully healed.
“I can’t even negotiate with anybody. I’m not even negotiating with anybody right now. I got one fight with the UFC. After I do that fight with the UFC, then I can negotiate and figure out what I’m gonna do next. I got so much other stuff going on, I could take a year off from fighting, and I don’t even care. There’s other things I wanna do. I’m more than a fighter. I’m an entertainer. I like entertaining people. I like making people laugh, I like entertaining people. I like fighting. I like beating people up. But, I still gotta heal up. I’m not jumping right back into fighting, right away. I got my knees to worry about. I’ve been fighting injured for a while.”
Jackson actually opened up about the extent of his knee injuries for the first time, and stated that they have been an issue since the beginning of his career.
“I might as well say it now. It’s something that I’ve never told anybody. I came into MMA injured. I got injured really bad in college. I went and got surgery and let it heal up naturally, so I’ve been babying my knee all these years. So, now, when I fought Rashad (Evans) the first time and got injured pretty bad, and after that, I’ve just been babying it and babying it. It was just a matter of time before I was gonna need surgery on it, before I got injured really bad. In this last fight with (Ryan) Bader, like, a month before the fight, I think one of my ligaments kinda tore a little bit. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m still gonna fight because it’s Japan. And then, after my fight, I’m gonna get it fixed. I’m not gonna injure it again.'”
When he finally does make his way back to the cage, Rampage says he has his sights set on someone who has beat him before.
“I would love to fight somebody like Shogun. Somebody like Forrest. Somebody who beat me before. Somebody who wants to put on a good fight. I’m tired of fighting these guys who are cowards. I call them cowards. They just run around the cage, they game plan and they take you down. It’s okay to take people down, but they just hump you and lay down on top of you the whole time. That’s what’s disgusting to me.”
Ok fans, who would YOU like to see Rampage fight in his final UFC bout? Post your thoughts below!
Source: MMA Mania