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Former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been pretty vocal with his frustrations with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Last night he went on HDNet's Inside MMA and took it up a notch, or five. Jackson last fought against Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan, taking a decision loss. He's elected to have knee surgery and is sitting out until he recovers from surgery.
Jackson is frustrated with being booked against "boring gameplanners" and "cowards" and wants to be able to put on a show for the fans in his next UFC bout. That bout will also be Jackson's last with the promotion if he lives up to his word. He's already called for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to be "shot in the face" so you know he's not watching what he says.
MMA Mania transcribed Rampage's rant and we've got the quotes after the jump...
"After I leave the UFC, I'm done with them! Just like when I left PRIDE. You remember when I left PRIDE? It's over. I was very loyal to PRIDE. I fought for PRIDE, and I fought the way I fought to put butts in seats. I took risks, slammed people and stuff like that. PRIDE did a good job. They built me up. I wasn't that good when I first came out. I fought Sakuraba and they built me up and then threw me in some tough fights. That's the way you're supposed to do it. Now, the UFC, I was a better fighter when I came there. My second fight, they throw me to Chuck Liddell. The fans didn't know who I was. I knocked him out, the fans booed me. That changed me, who I am towards the fans. I used to be the nicest guy towards fans. My first time getting booed. How are you gonna boo somebody for knocking somebody out? But I got a whole other opinion on that. And now, the UFC's just throwing me all these boring fighters, these game planners, these wrestlers. I'm the type of fighter who you should match up with people who want to fight excitingly. You know what I'm saying? Cuz I'm gonna be the type of fighter who puts butts in seats.
"I can't even negotiate with anybody. I'm not even negotiating with anybody right now. I got one fight with the UFC. After I do that fight with the UFC, then I can negotiate and figure out what I'm gonna do next. I got so much other stuff going on, I could take a year off from fighting, and I don't even care. There's other things I wanna do. I'm more than a fighter. I'm an entertainer. I like entertaining people. I like making people laugh, I like entertaining people. I like fighting. I like beating people up. But, I still gotta heal up. I'm not jumping right back into fighting, right away. I got my knees to worry about. I've been fighting injured for a while."