Dana White, who just lost upwards of 15 million dollars on a single fight if he can't reconcile with Rampage Jackson.
There are a million angles to this story. I fully believe the two parties will talk and resolve this thing within a month. I had a feeling trouble was brewing when Dana kept mocking the movie, and we weren't hearing anything from Quinton Jackson. When Dana came out with that quote last week, I noted to a fellow staff member here that Dana has to be the only boss in the world who can make that kind of comment about a star employee and face no repercussions. I think I spoke too soon.
Did the UFC stand by Rampage when he was in his time of need? Of course. Did they do it because it was in their best financial interest, or because they wanted to help Quinton out? Probably a little of both. Whatever it is, it doesn't matter. People are far too focused on determining who the villain is in all of this.
The dispute is pretty simple: Rampage committed to TUF 10, and then got an offer he thought was the offer of a lifetime. He asked to have the fight delayed, Dana got really upset, and then relented. Then after the two made up, he found out this weekend that it would be delayed further, and he snapped again, telling everyone Rampage was making nothing for this movie and just being promised a lot for a sequel.
Every fighter in Jackson's position would have taken the A-Team role. Every single one. But Jackson has now gone too far, and his management needs to pull him back and work things out. He'd probably make over 3 million dollars to fight Rashad Evans. It's a payday he can't afford to miss, and the buyrate is one the UFC can't afford to lose. This is one of those situations where the parties aren't that far apart, but bitterness could push a resolution far off into the future. I'm not interested in waiting 3 years to see Rampage and Dana feud before Dana announces his big return on a video blog like he did with Tito. Patch things up now and give fans the fight they want to see.