UFC President Dana White needs to do something quick or risk losing one of the most popular fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is adamant that he will only fight one more time for the organization, then he will leave for what he hopes are greener pastures. And by greener, I mean more money. The problem for Jackson is that the UFC has a stranglehold on the sport.
The UFC's parent company Zuffa, LLC has bought out World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Pride Fighting Chamionships, Strikeforce and World Fighting Alliance (WFA). What that means is if you plan of fighting in mixed martial arts you will either fight for the UFC or starve.
In the past week Rampage has twice stated he's done fighting for the UFC after his next bout.
"I feel sorry for my next opponent, no matter who or what it is," Jackson wrote via Twitter several days ago. "I will fight whoever they put in front of me — I always have — but it will be my last fight in the UFC. I have other things on my mind. I didn't say I would be done fighting; I just said I'm not fighting for the UFC (u fight cheap)."
According to Yahoo Sports Jackson was paid $325,000 for UFC 96 in 2009. A win against Keith Jardine. Since that time he has fought five more times in the Octagon with only two wins. One of those losses was a championship fight against Jon "Bones" Jones.
It's being reported that the UFC has asked Rampage to take a pay cut because he is losing audience "appeal" which is probably what set him off.
Rampage's record now stands at 32-10. At 33-year's old his options are limited, but despite being told he has lost his "appeal" fans still like to see him fight because he goes for the knockout every time. But his temper may get the best of him. Check out his most recent Twitter rant below.
If this keeps up we may not be seeing much more of Rampage in the Octagon.
What do you MMA fans think of this situation?