A Quick Analysis of Rampage Jackson's "Retirement"

Dana_mediumI was really worried when Dana started going on and on slamming Quinton that this would blow up in his face, especially when he started revealing payment details.  Rampage just responded, and claimed he is "done" fighting.  I don't believe he's really done; I'm sure he'll make up with Dana again over this.  But he has called Dana's bluff and it will be interesting to see what Dana says.  Here is Rampage in his own words at his blog (registration required):

Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I'm not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long.

So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so 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.

Consider me skeptical about this "retirement."  If anything it seems like Dana kept slamming him publicly, and when he kept doing it after they made up, Rampage snapped.  I don't know if this is the case, but payment agreements are often confidential, and Dana talking about it in public could have put Quinton in hot water.

It seems we can't have a period of time in which the UFC isn't at war with one of its star fighters.  I absolutely believe he will end up fighting Rashad Evans, but it all depends on how Dana handles this.  He can either go to Rampage privately and sort this all out, or he can come out and bash him for all sorts of things, and remind everyone how he stood behind Rampage after the car chase.  It's really up to Dana at this point.  Sometimes it's not about being right; it's about doing what's best for business and what's best for the fans.

One thing Rampage's people should know is that no fighter has ever emerged from a PR war with Dana White as the victor.  Tito Ortiz's public image suffered mightily, Randy Couture was cast as a greedy liar, Fedor's status gets questioned all the time...the list goes on and on.  And it's not like Rampage has a sophisticated PR machine to combat the spin that will come from the UFC side.  

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