Rampage Jackson criticizes the UFC for "boring wrestlers" match-upsPosted on May 1, 2012, 10:10 AM by Anton Gurevich
Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Quinton Jackson, appeared on HDNet's Inside MMA, talking about the future of his Mixed Martial Arts career. Jackson confirmed that he will be leaving the Ultimate Fighting Championship after his next fight, also adding that he's no longer interested in fighting "boring fighters, wrestlers, and gameplanners".
Quote via MMAMania.com:
"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."
Jackson was originally scheduled to face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, but was forced to turn down the rematch due to a knee surgery. Rua will now face Thiago Silva at UFC 149 in Canada, while Quinton Jackson is still without an opponent for his farewell bout.
Rampage is 32-10 in his MMA career, 7-4 in the UFC.