Ever since his loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 144, Quinton Jackson has made it more than well known that he's unhappy as a UFC fighter. Over the last year he's voiced numerous complaints about being mistreated by the promotion and dissatisfaction with being matched with guys who just want to wrestle him to a decision.
The big story for Rampage heading into UFC On Fox 6 this Saturday has been him wanting this to be his last fight in the UFC. Following Thursday's press conference, UFC president Dana White gave his thoughts on Rampage in an interview with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting:
I'm not annoyed at all. Rampage is a grown man. I'm actually kinda bummed out and I feel kinda sorry for him that he's doing this. I don't know why he's taking this approach. If you want to be mad at me and mad at the UFC, feel however you feel. I feel like I've done right by Rampage. I feel like I've done right for him.
The guy came out and said skateboarders make more than him. Rampage, since 2007, has made $15.2M in the UFC. I know a lot of skateboarders, it's weird, but I actually live in that world. I'm into that skate and surf and stuff. Unless they're talking about Tony Hawk or Rob Dyrdek or one of those guys, skateboarders aren't making $15.2M.
The way that he's acting, the way that he treated the media today. The media's here to ask you questions and this is part of the deal this is how this works. I actually feel kinda sorry for him. Whatever he's got in his mind, he's playing this thing the wrong way. When this fight is over, we're either gonna do a new deal or we're not gonna do a new deal, we'll see what happens. I just think he's handling this thing the wrong way.
White did make it very clear that he's more than happy to work with Rampage after his fight on Saturday. Despite the frustrations, he's open to make a deal and praised him as one of the best entertainers in the sport at the media scrum following the press conference.
Before we get answers to the questions surrounding Jackson's future, he'll have to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC On Fox 6. The event takes place Saturday January 26 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The event will be headlined by the flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.