Rampage Jackson Quits MMA; Rashad Evans to Fight Thiago Silva Instead?

One of MMA's biggest stars in Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has quit MMA following a dispute with the UFC over his upcoming role in the film adaptation of "The A-Team"

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Rampage Re-Thinking Retirement?

From Rampage Jackson’s blog:

“People are coming up to me with all these other movies and I’m thinking, ‘Man, do I really wanna bust my ass in training every day, have all these injuries, worries about whether I look good and whether I’m going to win?’ I don’t have that with the movies, I already know what’s gonna happen, it’s scripted so there’s just no worries. At the end of the day I go home, I can just kick back and enjoy myself. But I can’t lie, my heart is with fighting. When I meet my good fans on the street and they say, ‘Oh man, you’re the reason why I got into the UFC’ or I see a fan wearing my t-shirt it, means a lot to me. It means a lot to me that the fans like m e and my fighting style and I really respect that. That’s a part of fighting that would keep me there and keep me motivated.”

As most have suspected it doesn’t seem like this retirement is a completely sure thing. Honestly if Dana White would publicly apologize the whole thing would probably be done tomorrow.

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Dana White Says Rampage Is 'Acting Like A Baby'

Michael David Smith at MMA Fanhouse has some quotes from Dana’s appearance on the Carmichael Dave show. Including Dana addressing the situation with Rampage Jackson quitting MMA:

“Rampage is a grown man,” White told Carmichael Dave on the radio station KHTK. “He’s acting like a baby right now, but he’s a grown man. If he wants to be in the movie business, Rampage, good luck to you, man. I hope he makes it big, and I’m not being sarcastic. … I hope the movie thing works out for him. If that’s what he truly wants to do, and that’s what he feels and that’s what he thinks his career is, I wish him all the luck in the world.”

I’m not sure that the “he’s acting like a baby” thing is going to lead to any quick reconciliation. While many are saying this will all blow over by the end of the week I’m still thinking that we may not see Rampage back in the cage for at least a year.

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