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Dana White sees wasted potential in “Rampage” Jackson

The resume of light heavyweight fighter Quinton Jackson reads like “who’s who” of MMA. At 32-10, “Rampage” has beaten some of the sport’s all-time greats including Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Dan Henderson, held the UFC championship, and transitioned his popularity into a career earning him millions of dollars. However, according to UFC President Dana White, Jackson could have even exceeded those lofty accomplishments had the 33-year old approached his career differently.

“I think he could have been so much better if he applied himself. He had all the tools. Incredible chin, knockout power in both hands, incredible charisma and personality,” said White in an interview with MMAFighting. “Tell me ‘Rampage’ Jackson wasn’t born to fight. Not only in his power, but his attributes, his wrestling, his chin, the list goes on and on.”

“His potential could have been so much more,” White wistfully concluded. “This is a crazy business, you always have these guys who think they’re getting screwed and this and that and everything else that’s happening. ‘Rampage’ wants to fight one more fight on his contract, and his last fight, and he’ll never make that money ever again for the rest of his life. A lot of those guys in the UFC don’t realize that until it’s too late.”

Jackson’s status hasn’t been updated in more than a month when he revealed he would undergo surgery on both of his knees and be out until later this year when he is expected to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The bout could very well mark Jackson’s final appearance inside the Octagon having cited a desire to depart the organization for personal reasons after getting one more match-up in.

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11 COMMENTS
  • THEGUNNER says:

    Im interested in who his next opponent will be. Im rooting for an in shape rua.

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  • MCM says:

    I think Rampages “charisma” carried him much farther along than any potential he had.
    He never beat a top fighter in his prime, before and after their prime yes with the possible exception of Hendo.
    He never evolved his game, in fact he de-evolved it.
    And due to his lack of understand of a complete fight game, he was ever able to help the future generations, 17 fighters coached on TUF and only 2 are still in the UFC, none from the HW season.
    Pretty obvious to me, Rampage made out better than he ever should have.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Rampage’s best win was the first time he beat Chuck. He did well to make Chuck pay for his well-known-by-then style in their rematch, but that’s about it. Beating Wandy put him at 1-2 lifetime against the Axe Murderer, and this was after Hendo nearly caved his skull in and Cro Cop had already done the same.

    After Forrest took his title with leg kicks alone, I’ve not seen even the “exciting” aspect that made Rampage so popular.

    Sorry, I never drank that Kool-Aid. I thought he was a jackass after his Redbull bender, his appearances on TUF exposed him as an ignorant, immature man-child. Blame the editing all you want, Rampage offered nothing to those fighters except access to the REAL trainers that worked with him.

    And, honestly, this “charisma” people speak of baffles me. The guy sounds uneducated — hell, stupid would be a better word in most cases — and is an emotionally unstable wreck.

    I respect any man or woman who steps in the cage, so ‘Page gets the baseline from me. But that’s it; any good he achieved is overshadowed by his non-existent work ethic, stupid media stunts, and all-around shitty presentation of himself.

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  • MCM says:

    werd, LF.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I think Rampage needs someone to figuratively slap some sense into him and give him some perspective. He has an employer that will continue to put large sums of money into his bank account and allow him to do what he professes to love so much, and that is fight. All he has to do to earn that money is not act like a total moron and publicly insult that employer.

    UFC is ok with him being a bit of a loose cannon and not giving everything he is capable of due to his pre fight trash talking and him being a well known fighter. How many people get paid very well to be mediocre? Not many in MMA at least.

    Rampage will talk himself out of a nice chunk of change and then once he leaves the UFC he will be complaining about not making enough money or getting the respect he think he deserves.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    You’re right. Juanito was that guy until things blew up. If he wasn’t, then that’s some coincidence.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    It always amazed me how much Rampage got away with, especially after that rebull bender Faust talked about.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I think Rampage’s charisma was really related to his appeal to the emergent fans back when things were more brutal and crude. As the fanbase matured, his lack of connection with them became more apparent.

    Also he’s been utterly owned in virtually every fight since Forrest (Hamill notwithstanding).

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  • Or wandy or machida. Has rampage.declined? For sure.and that sucks. As far as him not beating a prime liddel he was the first to knock out chuck and he started the.decline of the Iceman. To discount that.victory means rashad and jardine beating chuck was a zero accomplishment for them
    Forrest didnt only throw leg kicks in that fight. I will admit he hasn’t looked great lately but who has against Jon Jones? Its sad though, when rampage came to the ring you used to know a good fight was coming and now that’s not the case anymore. If he mauls shogun he’ll stay with the ufc
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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I think this will be a great fight.
    Dont like Page complaining about his match ups.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I still say I want it to happen, and I’ll laugh my ass off if shogun flys in and takes him down the whole match. That’s the reason he wanted Shogun is because he figured he won’t use wrestling against him, since apparently he’s completely forgotten that he has takedown defense.

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