Dana White on Rampage Jackson’s Return to the UFC
“We haven’t even spoke!”
Amid the rocky split, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has said there are no hard feelings, including with UFC President Dana White.
This past Saturday during UFC Fight Night 58, the UFC announced the re-signing of the former light heavyweight champ, who left the UFC about 21 months ago and then went 3-0 fighting with Bellator MMA.
You can bet the UFC doesn’t announce deals they can’t close so it was a surprise when Bellator MMA’s president Scott Coker announced via a Tweet that Quinton was still under contract with his organization.
Let us be clear that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is under an exclusive contract with #BellatorMMA. We will protect our contractual rights
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) December 21, 2014
Coker was quoted by MMAjunkie as having texted: “Sometimes you have to go to court to protect your rights!” In an interview with FOX Sports 1 during UFC Fight Night 58 coverage, Jackson said Bellator MMA didn’t honor his contract. This is where he hinted at a desired UFC return which then opened the lines of communication with UFC Brass and led to the new deal.
I never had any bad blood with Dana. I just wish things were a little bit different. But you know how things go.”
Despite some (at times very public) bitterness with UFC’s president Dana White, Jackson comments on where they stand;
“Me and Dana White, we haven’t even spoke.”
“We was always cool, honestly. It was just business. I didn’t like the way the UFC kind of painted the picture like I retired and like I got cut from the UFC, but I didn’t take it personal. I don’t take business personal most of the time.”
How is Dana feeling? Well, he followed up with this tweet after the announcement;
— Dana White (@danawhite) December 21, 2014
The UFC has MEGA year ahead, undoubtedly their best yet, and will Jackson still have the type of draw as those early days 2007-08, probably not, but I can tell you this – he’ll still draw HUGE! Rampage is a fan favorite, and he’ll always sell tickets. In our out of the cage, Quinton is good for the sport.
“I’ve been missing the training camps and missing getting out there,” he said. “I’ve only got a few more years left in me. I want to put on some exciting fights.”