It is safe to say that Quinton Jackson is angry with the UFC.  The fact that he is mad really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the fact that, after all, his nickname “Rampage” means violently angry.  But is it really fair for Jackson to be irate towards the UFC after everything the promotion has done for him?

Jackson has been very verbal as of late in regards to his match-ups, claiming that matchmaker Joe Silva has put him in boring fights against fighters who game plan and wrestle too much.  To me, it sounds like all “Rampage” wants to do is give the fans a show, but from what I have seen from him, he has no problem climbing the ladder and working his way towards a title shot.  Unfortunately for the former light heavyweight champion, he can’t have it both ways.

On the one hand, “Rampage” wants to fight exciting fighters who don’t impose game plans.  Generally speaking, fighters who don’t use game plans are not ranked towards the top of the ladder.  But on the other hand, Jackson wanted a shot at Jon Jones and in order to fight for the title, he had to fight against fighters like Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill who impose game plans or use their wrestling to control fights.

Despite all of this, don’t you think that at some point the former champion would stop complaining?  After all, Jackson is the guy who was arrested 10 days after he lost his title to Forrest Griffin for felony reckless driving and felony hit and run back in 2008.  Jackson is the guy who wanted a third crack at Wanderlei Silva, to which the UFC complied.  Jackson is the guy who spent all of season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter talking about how he was going to abuse Rashad Evans in the Octagon, and briefly left the sport to star as B.A. Baracus in The A-Team.  Even through all of that, the promotion pushed him towards another title shot and ultimately gave him one against Jon Jones at UFC 135.

In UFC President Dana White’s video blog after “Rampage’s” loss to Jones, Jackson was very audible in asking White for a fight at the then-upcoming fight card in Japan, where he made a name for himself as a fighter with Pride Fighting Championships.  Again, the promotion complied. Despite fighting with a knee injury, Jackson blamed his loss against Ryan Bader on Bader simply wrestling all fight, rather than standing and banging.

The UFC can market a “Rampage” Jackson fight however they want and the fans will be interested.  However, at this point it has been extremely difficult for the promotion to please him.  No matter what they have done to try and cater to his wants, he is unhappy.  Rather than blame everyone else around him, Jackson should have known better than to take on a fighter like Bader if he didn’t want to fight wrestlers.

He should have told UFC matchmaker Joe Silva that at this point in his career he was done fighting for titles and that he wanted to fight other knockout artists.  If he doesn’t want to fight wrestlers, he should have never agreed to take on Bader, no matter if the fight was to be held in Japan, Las Vegas, or at the flagpole behind the school.

Looking back, there are many fighters throughout the years that have had excessive winning streaks without a title shot who continuously say and do the right thing, and there are fighters who have been cut from the roster for saying something irresponsible on Twitter.  Despite this, Jackson got title shots after just a few victories and was even held onto after his run-in with the law despite what currently feels like zero appreciation.

Jackson is an outstanding entertainer who is very easy to market, and for that reason more than anything else, he was held onto and continued to be promoted through the rankings.  But overall, he should be appreciative the folks at Zuffa didn’t handed him his walking papers a while back, don’t you think?

Photo: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Heavy MMA)

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Brian McKenna
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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.