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Old 09-24-2009, 08:25 AM
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Default Dana responds to Rampage

UFC president Dana White says he will honor Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s decision to pursue acting full-time, though it’s hard to imagine he will do so without a fight.

Jackson on Tuesday afternoon wrote on his personal blog that he was fed up with the promotion’s politics and would mark his turn as "B.A. Baracus" on the movie remake of “The A-Team” as the start of a new career on the silver screen.

White, who made a surprise appearance on the KHTK's Carmichael Dave show Tuesday evening, had clearly not spoken to the former UFC light heavyweight champ yet, but said Jackson’s decision was not something new to him.

Dealing with its consequences, as White has often said, was his job.

“I have nothing bad to say about Rampage,” said White. “He’s a grown man. This guy decides he wants to walk away from guaranteed good money right now, money he’ll never have the opportunity to make for the rest of his life, because he wants to go make movies, he’s a grown man. He can do whatever he wants to do.”

In his blog entry, Jackson said White attempted to sabotage his acting career by disclosing financial information about the particulars of his "A-Team" deal.

“What happened was, after he and I had made up, those stories were hitting,” said White. “I didn’t say anything bad about him doing the movie, other than I thought it was a bad idea, because I do think it’s a bad idea.”

White also disputed Jackson's recollection that he "changed his mind" on giving Jackson a title shot against current champion Lyoto Machida, forcing him to instead fight former champion and rival "Ultimate Fighter" coach Rashad Evans in December.

"He didn't want the belt," said White. "He said the belt caused too many problems in his life, he just wants to fight and make money and feed his family is exactly what he told me."

The UFC president made no mention of meeting with Jackson to work the situation out, but hinted the situation might be temporary. Still, his position on retirement was firm.

“He’s acting like a baby right now, but he’s a grown man,” he said. “If he wants to be in the movie business, Rampage, good luck to ya, man. I hope he makes it big, and I’m not being sarcastic.

“Rampage Jackson is a guy that I actually do like, and Rampage Jackson is a guy that I know doesn’t always make the best decisions, and I hope the movie thing works out for him. If that what he thinks his career is, I wish him all the luck in the world.”

Jackson has yet to further comment on his decision.

Seems like when it dosn't work out Dana will have hi back to fight
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:35 AM
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Sounds like Dana is leaving the door open which is a wonder considering the accusations Rampage made!
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:03 PM
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I think you are right and I also think he left the door open because what Rampage said was true. Just my opinion.
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