If there's one thing Quinton Jackson knows how to do other than fight, it's talk. He was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and was very forthcoming with information about why he left the UFC and recently signed with their main competitor Bellator. First off, he revealed what the final straw was when it came to Dana White and the UFC:
"He talked s*** about me not making weight. That's when I decided I was going to leave the UFC."
"I knew I wasn't happy with UFC. I haven't been happy for a long time. I did a lot of smart investments, saved my money up, worked on rehabbing my knees. I knew I was going to get out of there. I knew I was going to bounce."
He was also very unhappy with the UFC's decision to change sponsorship rules and forcing them to pay a big chunk of money to the UFC for the right to sponsor fighters. He does admit that he was wrong for pulling out of a fight with Rashad Evans to do The A-Team movie, but he thinks he made up for it by fighting Ryan Bader at UFC 144 while injured:
"I doubt he'll (Dana White) miss me at all. I think I was a thorn in UFC's side for awhile. I did everything to fix the relationship. I was wrong doing The A-Team movie and pulling out of the show in Memphis. I know I messed up for doing that. That's why I didn't pull out of that fight in Japan when I was injured. I thought I could beat Bader even with an injury."
He then moved on to talk about his future with Bellator. He's going to be doing a reality show, but says it won't be scripted and it will be more a vehicle to promote his fights. He was also asked about entering tournaments, something Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney wasn't forthcoming about at the initial conference call:
"I don't know, I'm not looking forward to tournaments. I don't think I'm doing tournaments. But I'm a team player. If they think having me do a tournament will help with ratings, I'll do a tournament."
Finally, he talked about his TNA debut last week in a segment with Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kurt Angle:
"I don't know a lot about that world. I used to watch that as a kid before I got into MMA. That's why I used to do all those slams before I got addicted to knocking people out. I haven't watched it in a couple of years. From what I heard, the fans liked it. Now I have to get used to people telling me what to do. TNA is kind of crazy. They tell me to do an interview, Kurt Angle interrupted my interview. I didn't know:"
Rampage expects to make his Bellator debut before the end of the year, but he wasn't sure when yet. It'll be interesting to see how they use him.