While fan-favorite Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is not backing off statements he’s made in the last few weeks pertaining to problems with the UFC, he did recently provide a level of accountability many might not have felt was in him by confessing he’s at fault for the original issue snowballing into his current state of circumstances.
Jackson’s admission came this week while stopping by Sherdog Radio where he said things had gone downhill after his decision to take a starring role in The A-Team, backing out of a planned and heavily promoted fight with Rashad Evans in the process.
“I know I messed up the relationship by doing the movie over fighting Rashad. It was my fault,” revealed Jackson. I’ve got to keep it real. I did that. I messed up. I should have honored my contract and fought Rashad after The Ultimate Fighter.”
“Before that Dana and I was really cool. I was really cool with the UFC, Lorenzo (Fertitta) and everybody. We were all cool, but I messed up the relationship by doing the movie and I’m aware of that,” the 33-year old continued.
The former light heavyweight champion also addressed his future in the UFC, stating he still intends to fight Mauricio Rua as soon as he’s healed from surgery on both of his knees. While that also means he wants to fight Forrest Griffin again, “Rampage” said Rua is the more enticing option for a last hurrah given how long he’s had to reflect on the TKO defeat he suffered in PRIDE.
“I want to rematch everybody who’s done kicked my ass. I’ve been asking for Forrest for years. I don’t know how come that never happened, but I’d rather fight ‘Shogun’ first and then Forrest because ‘Shogun’, I’ve been wanting to revenge that loss for years. That fight haunted me for years,” said Jackson. “So yeah, I want to fight Shogun. It’s perfect. I’m happy with that and I plan on that being my last fight in the UFC.”
No timetable was offered on when Jackson expected to be fully rehabbed and ready to fight again.
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