The next chapter of the “Rampage” story has begun, as now Jackson seems to be wavering on the idea of even fighting for the UFC at all. This comes just days after a matchup with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was announced by the organization. After stating that he plans on leaving the UFC after his contract concludes, which coincidentally has one fight left remaining on it, Jackson now hopes to leave the UFC even before he steps inside the Octagon.
Jackson went on Inside MMA and made his intentions well known, both about how he feels he is treated by the UFC and the matchups he has been given.
“I’ve been upset with the UFC and the opponents they’ve been giving me. I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face,” said Jackson. “If you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out and put on fights, why are you giving me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?”
Jackson’s last fight came against Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan last month. He went on to lose to him via unanimous decision. Much discussion was made following the pre-fight weigh-ins, where Jackson weighed in at 211 pounds, five pounds over the division’s weight limit. Following the fight, Jackson admitted to using Testosterone Replacement Therapy, which created even more discussion.
Following the loss, Jackson also stated he felt disrespected by UFC brass, who according to Jackson, are questioning his appeal.
“After my fight with Jon Jones, they [the UFC] told my manager that I was losing my appeal, that rappers and stuff don’t come out to watch me fight no more, that the fans don’t really like me no more,” said Jackson. “For me, the respect is worth more than the money. I’ll go fight for some other show for free. I’ll prove to the fans that I’m not all about money. I’ll go fight for some other show for five dollars.”
Now Jackson is voicing his displeasure, just days after the planned rematch between he and “Shogun” was announced. The two first fought at Pride Total Elimination 2005 in April 2005. “Shogun” defeated Jackson via first round TKO. Since that loss, Jackson has stated his desire to avenging that loss. But even with that desire, it seems even that may not enough to have Jackson return to the UFC one last time.
“I wish I didn’t have one more fight for the UFC,” said Jackson. “I’m trying to get out of it.”