With a new six-fight contract in hand, the differences between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Dana White, and the UFC looked to have been quashed. A recent interview with Fighters Only, however, tells a different story. Jackson speaks about using upcoming UFC 114 opponent Rashad Evans as a warmup fight and avenging losses to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Forrest Griffin. The interview gets interesting when Fighters Only asks Jackson about his relationship with the UFC.
On his new deal:
My manager wanted me to work things out and stuff like that. It's still hard dealing with the UFC now. If I had my way, I still would be retired and doing my thing.
On the UFC, its brand and fighters:
The UFC ain't did it with just their name. Like I said before: You put two UFC symbols in the cage, see how many pay-per-views they get. Let the two UFC symbols fight each other.
But people don't know. People don't understand. It's not all about your name, the UFC. It's about the characters that's in it. It's about the people that's inside the Octagon. There's a whole package deal; they don't realize.
On his feelings towards the UFC:
I don't care if the UFC don't like what I say or not. For years, I fought in UFC and didn't agree with a lot of stuff and I kept my mouth shut. I didn't say nothing. ... It's hard to keep your mouth shut when people keep stepping on you. I can only take so much.
I still say the UFC has a lot of good qualities and stuff like that. ... (But) right away, we tried to work on our relationship and right away they messed things up. Already I'm not happy with them again.
Jackson also touches on wanting to promote his own fights like Oscar de la Hoya, coaching on the Ultimate Fighter, and what he would do if he sold 10% of his company for 100 million dollars.
HT: USA Today