There’s hardly a fighter more charismatic than Quinton Jackson.
Ever since his days in PRIDE Fighting Championships (PRIDE), the Memphis-born fighter has been entertaining fans with his mouth as much as he has with his fists. His battles against longtime rival Wanderlei Silva are legendary and he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) as the only man to have an unavenged victory over Chuck Liddell.
In his second bout inside the Octagon, “Rampage” replicated the result against “The Iceman” and captured the light heavyweightchampionship of the world. Some months later, he defeated Dan Henderson and — on top of winning the PRIDE title which eluded him for so many years — became the undisputed 205-pound king of the world.
Then came Forrest Griffin with his razor-thin, controversial decision, and “Rampage” hasn’t been the same since.
After losing to Ryan Bader last month at UFC 144 — Jackson’s second consecutive loss — “Rampage” has been on a Twitter spree, claiming he is underpaid, undervalued and just plain under-appreciated. I’m not sure what world Jackson lives in but the reality is far, far from what he is claiming.
The former champion has openly expressed his desire to be released from his contract. I don’t think that’s the right move for Dana White and company. The UFC should absolutely not release Jackson.
They should let the contract run out, as long as it may be, and let “Rampage” sit on the sidelines.