Rampage Claims Poor Treatment by UFC
There's a lot on the line for Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his upcoming fight with Glover Teixeira this Saturday at UFC on FOX 6. He will play the role of the seasoned roughneck eager to use his experience to show the promising newcomer just how different the level of competition is at the top of the division. Jackson is coming off two consecutive losses, and he now has the chance to remind the fans just how dangerous and powerful of a striker he is with a victory over the highly-touted Teixeira.
This will also be the last fight in Jackson's current contract with the UFC.
Jackson was actually debating leaving the UFC a while ago, right after he found out he would have to fight Ryan Bader with an injured knee on a what he believed was a relatively weak card. He told ESPN.com just how much unfair pressure he was under while preparing for what would turn out to be an incredibly disappointing defeat.
"They [the UFC] knew I was injured before the Bader fight. The card wasn’t strong enough for the fans. I didn’t feel I could pull out of the fight because it was in Japan and that’s where I came from.''
He could have renewed the contract following the loss, but chose not to after how angry he was about the way Dana White reacted to the outcome of the fight.
“Dana said [publicly] my head wasn’t into the fight and he talked some s--- about me even though he knew I had the injury. They’d helped me with the injury. That was the last straw for me.”
Jackson even went on to say that he is so frustrated with his treatment by his employer that he could care less who his opponent is in his last fight. Apparently, the fact that Glover Teixeira's resume isn't too impressive is just a bonus for Rampage. Win, lose or draw, Jackson will leave the octagon a happy man now that he's done dealing with the UFC.
“I’ll fight anybody to get this last fight out of the way. I can’t wait to leave the UFC and have nothing to do with them anymore."
There's no doubt that the loss to Bader was a huge upset. Some say it was the worst Rampage had ever looked in his UFC career. It seems that everything that went into the match and the way it turned out has permanently scarred his perception of the UFC. Jackson is indeed under the impression that the UFC set him up for failure that night, forcing him to compete in a fight he knew he couldn't win or pull out of.
Let's hope Jackson doesn't have any ideas about exacting revenge in the form of a boring fight this Saturday night. Fans are expecting a full-on brawl between these two exciting athletes. From what we know now, Rampage has nothing to lose in this fight, so we have plenty of reason to believe that we may very well see the brutal, reckless Quinton Jackson that earned him his legendary nickname at UFC on FOX 6.
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