Quinton Rampage Jackson Retires From The UFC To Start Acting Career

Rampage Jackson Says He's Done With The UFC, Thanks To Everyone Hating On His Acting Career

9/22/09 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

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?
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9/23/09   |   hammew   |   7 respect

TurkogluForMVP wrote:
Its not based off of story line? If what Rampage says is true then yes it is mildly based on story line now. I wouldnt say they are too far apart. IF this is true and only IF. We'll see how his acting is and I wish him the ebst of luck. You hoenstly can't sit there and predict the acting skills of somebody like a fight or a game. We'll see.

I don't believe Rampage, and anyways your comparison is still way off. The WWE is a promoted fictional story, not some back room heresay. I will guarantee that the A-Team movie is a huge flop, and any other movie that Rampage lends his skills to, will also be a bust.

9/23/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

is anyone else in complete denial that RAMPAGE JACKSON IS RETIRING
i cant believe i will never see him in the octagon again, i cant believe i will never here his post fight antics again, i cant believe i will never see him fight rashad
is this a hoax? do my eyes deceieve me? wasnt it just yesterday he hoisted away the LHW title?

9/23/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

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I was being mostly funny, but it will be sad if it ends up being more true than funny.

Although I don't follow UFC closely, The fights I have watched are usually entertaining. However, if it turns out that the fights are being manipulated, then its not only sad, its disgusting that UFC is having guys pummel each other without allowing them the freedom to determine their own future.

If fights are being manipulated, I really don't think they are being manipulated any worse than how the alphabet soup of sanctioning bodies and promoters (Arum, De La Hoya, King) are manipulating who gets to fight for championships in boxing. If anything, this just shows that UFC and boxing are much closer in how they are run than what was previously thought.

9/23/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

hammew wrote:
That is like comparing apples and oranges. The Rock came from WWE which is a great place to learn acting skills. The WWE is 80% storyline. Pro wrestlers are great athletes, but without their ability to convey a storyline, it wouldn't last. MMA is fighting, with a bit of flash, like boxing. MMA and the UFC is not driven off storyline, unlike WWE the UFC is about the fights. The track record for wrestlers that become actors is pretty good, compared to MMA fighters that become actors. Couture, liddell, Ortiz, all great fighters, but they are horrible in movies. Rampage will follow this trend.

Its not based off of story line? If what Rampage says is true then yes it is mildly based on story line now. I wouldnt say they are too far apart. IF this is true and only IF. We'll see how his acting is and I wish him the ebst of luck. You hoenstly can't sit there and predict the acting skills of somebody like a fight or a game. We'll see.

9/23/09   |   hammew   |   7 respect

TurkogluForMVP wrote:
how does that make him nuts? The Rock did it. er Dwayne Johnson? I say good luck to Rampage. If DW told him to do that then I dont blame him for being a little troubled. He also gets money upfront for movies and its not physically demanding like MMA fighting is. Good luck Rampage.

That is like comparing apples and oranges. The Rock came from WWE which is a great place to learn acting skills. The WWE is 80% storyline. Pro wrestlers are great athletes, but without their ability to convey a storyline, it wouldn't last. MMA is fighting, with a bit of flash, like boxing. MMA and the UFC is not driven off storyline, unlike WWE the UFC is about the fights. The track record for wrestlers that become actors is pretty good, compared to MMA fighters that become actors. Couture, liddell, Ortiz, all great fighters, but they are horrible in movies. Rampage will follow this trend.

9/23/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

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Ahh, so Rampage WAS acting during MMA fights.

I knew this crap was just Pro Wrestling with more blood and concussions.

no...he wasnt acting DURING his mma fights
this is just media posturing
huge difference, why do you post on these threads so often if you think its 'crap' and 'just pro wrestling with more blood and concussions' go comment on something else

respect to rampage, if this is true hes just sick of the media shit dana's got him running through, rampage is a great fighter whether all of you who seem to think he isnt, his record speaks for itself

if he wants to let it go over some BS, which i dont think he should do, for an acting career its his choice though, i was hoping he would go to strikeforce but apparantly thats not happening either

i might wanna do the same if i was in the position of being force to duck fights and it doesnt surprise me at all dana's behind this although this in no way means its fake, it just means dont believe anything you see/ hear outside the octagon

9/23/09   |   hackney_joseph

If that true what he said about Dana then UFC is going downhill fast..... If i wanna watch drama or a plot I'll go watch freakin WWE.

9/23/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

hammew wrote:
Rampage has it made in the UFC. After Rampage lost the title to Forrest Griffin, he flipped out and was sent to the looney bin.... Now they should send him back. If he thinks that playing BA Baracus in an A-Team movie, is going to be the beginning of an acting career he really is nuts.

how does that make him nuts? The Rock did it. er Dwayne Johnson? I say good luck to Rampage. If DW told him to do that then I dont blame him for being a little troubled. He also gets money upfront for movies and its not physically demanding like MMA fighting is. Good luck Rampage.

9/23/09   |   RaiderNation357   |   5 respect

I am a big fan of MMA and I have noticed that the UFC has become more pomp and circus than it used to be.  Fighters flipping off the camera while holding someone in a triangle.  Then Dana brings in Brock Lesner and he shows his arse in the ring after a victory.  You have all of these fighters selling the hype of a fight and now much they don't like each other only to find out they are best buddies outside of the ring.  Let the fight sell itself as loyal fans are going to watch anyways.  No need to add the extra hype.  Sorry to see Rampage go, but I don't think his acting career will take off, as he needs a lot of work. 

9/23/09   |   KyleJCook6   |   31 respect

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Just wait and Watch the A team movie just tank and he comes crying back to Dana to let him back in the UFC. Rampage please stay retired if you think your fans (im not one of them) arn't paying your bills your or putting your kids though college and let your great acting career do it.

9/23/09   |   bigg_daddy

it doesn't say rampage was acting during his fights and it doesn't say fights are manipulated. this is not the WWE. dana, just like anyone else tries to put together the fights he thinks will draw the most viewers, thus making the most money. what is funny is rampage thinking he is going to retire and make a living acting. maybe he should talk to randy cotour or tito ortize. fight fans don't worry it won't take long for rampage to relize that he can not make the kind of money he is used to acting and he will be back in the UFC.

9/23/09   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

Well that sucks.....i mean thinking of him in serious acting roles.


in all seriousness, its gonna be bad not seeing him fight anymore.

9/23/09   |   hammew   |   7 respect

Rampage has it made in the UFC. After Rampage lost the title to Forrest Griffin, he flipped out and was sent to the looney bin.... Now they should send him back. If he thinks that playing BA Baracus in an A-Team movie, is going to be the beginning of an acting career he really is nuts.

9/23/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

Say It ain't so rampage? Wasn't an more entertaing person in mma. Good luck in all that you want to do.

9/23/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

wrote:
Ahh, so Rampage WAS acting during MMA fights.

I knew this crap was just Pro Wrestling with more blood and concussions.

I'd love to argue this, but... yeah... if what Rampage is saying is true, that's exactly what it looks like. This is not good for anyone in the UFC.

9/23/09   |   thjacobsjr   |   38 respect

I respect that the fans opinions don't pay your bills but the fans buying tickets to your events does and that now includes the possibilities of an acting career, I only say this because the unfortunate thing is that you may have made your decision under duress and if so it may not have been the best thing for you even if you feel that part of your decision is based on dealing with your employer, you must always put those that depend on you first. Your family ay understand and your friend s and certain fans may understand, just make sure your good with your decision RAMPAGE life sometimes becomes much harder than it has to be.

9/23/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

the rock approves