Most of us are aware of the sage going on between the UFC and Rampage Jackson. Jackson declared he is quitting MMA, did it again, and then did it again for the most part. He has spoken again about the conflicts between MMA and his new status as an actor:
"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."
The guy is a natural born fighter. If you read the other posts he did, that's really all he was saying when you break it down to the nitty gritty. He's already backtracking on his statements from last week. Because last week he was done fighting, whereas now it seems as though he's still debating what he wants to do. Some people(including Dana White) have said that they don't want Rampage Jackson in the UFC if he doesn't want to fight. When you really look at it though, Rampage has always had this mindset. It's well documented that he absolutely hates training, and it's amazing what he's been able to accomplish with just natural ability. It's always been about the money for Rampage, and it still is since he thinks he's going to make more money acting than he will fighting. However, at the end of the day, the guy is still talking about Rashad Evans even after Evans reportedly has a new opponent for his next match up. This whole rift between himself and the UFC is about respect for him. He must obviously feel disrepected by Rashad Evans for their encounter at UFC 96 and thereafter since he is seeing Rashad in his movies now. Rampage Jackson will come back to MMA in 2010 to fight Rashad Evans and more. Count on it.