Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Claims Scott Coker is ‘Butthurt’ Over Bellator Departure
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson has slammed Bellator MMA president Scott Coker over how he’s handling Jackson’s departure from the organization, going as far as calling Coker ‘Butthurt’. It was announced this past weekend that Rampage would be returning to the UFC after fighting three times for Bellator MMA.
Jackson recently spoke to UFC Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer on the ‘It’s Time’ Podcast. Here’s what he had to say about the situation:
“I don’t understand why Scott Coker is so butthurt over this whole thing. He came into a really bad problem, but I think he tried to handle it wrong. I did the deal with Viacom and it goes higher than Bjorn Rebney or Scott Coker and that’s what I’m learning now.
Scott Coker was brought in the clean up the mess somebody else made. He just handled my mess wrong. I’m a little bit different than those other fighters. I came over first, then Tito Ortiz came, then Stephan ‘boner’ came. I was trying to build up the organization. They should have been like, ‘Let’s keep Rampage happy.’ Instead, they tried to manipulate me. I’m not with this sh-t.”
The UFC return was a surprise to many, as it’s believed that Jackson was still under contract with Bellator. Jackson later revealed he terminated the contract due to Bellator not fulfilling contractual obligations. Those claims will likely be contested by the Bellator and Viacom legal team in the near future.
Quinton Jackson went 7-5 in his last stint in the UFC. Jackson knocked out Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 to become the light heavyweight champion. He defended the title once against Dan Henderson before losing it in a close decision to Forrest Griffin.
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