Rampage Jackson has already gotten Dana White in a rage by postponing his fight against Rashad Evans in favor of the new A-Team movie, in which Jackson will play the role of B.A. Baracus. Now, he's gone even further, saying that he is retiring from the UFC altogether.
From his website
"I'm done fighting. I've been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don't pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I'm hanging it up. I'm gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they'll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don't like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!"
Rampage wrote about a lot of the various situations that pushed him to this decision, including something that a lot of fans were unaware of:
"I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all."
That's pretty interesting, because that's exactly what a lot of fans though... including myself. It seemed like he was ducking Machida. Was it really just posturing, engineered by Dana White and the UFC? Stranger things have happened.
Either way, it looks like the much-anticipated Rampage-Rashad Evans fight isn't going to happen, unless and until Rampage changes his mind. I think he will, once he realizes that his acting career will go nowhere. What do you think?