MMA  > General MMA  > Rampage Jackson says next UFC fight is his last.
March 6, 2012, 03:23 PM
Rampage Jackson says he is unhappy with the pay in the UFC and wants to fight elsewhere after his next fight. My thought on this is that it's not the money calling him elsewhere, he made $325K plus cut of the ppv for his last fight plus whatever sponsorship money he gets. I think he wants to drop to the minor leagues so he can relax in his training and finish his career mowing over cans. Bottom line is that Rampage admits he hates to train in a sport that requires nonstop training. I think he's taking the easy way out while masking it behind a gripe about money (which NEVER endears an athlete to fans). What do you think? Leaving for money or laziness?
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March 6, 2012  04:13 PM ET
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I think I can care less about what Rampage says. In a week, he'll be talking about how he wants to fight in the UFC until he's 40. I think the dude is Bipolar.

Yeah his feelings get hurt too easy. I agree, give it another week and he'll be talking about another title shot.

March 6, 2012  06:21 PM ET

As you've detailed Zombie, Rampage is making very nice coin.
I have to agree with Jim. Bipolar issues at work. Rampage is probably not a great candidate to be messing with "testoterone replacement therapy" either. Sounds like his hormones are already a little off.

March 7, 2012  02:49 AM ET

Only if the man wants to move to Japan, fight cans and make a lot of money.

Problem is, that in 2012 there's no longer big money in MMA in Japan.

Rampage has always had issues. Do you guys remember what he did after losing the belt to Forrest Griffin?

March 7, 2012  10:02 AM ET

And people like this guy. He's not a top ten LHW, and has been overrated his entire career. Let him walk, either that or let Forrest embarrass him again.

March 7, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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As you've detailed Zombie, Rampage is making very nice coin. I have to agree with Jim. Bipolar issues at work. Rampage is probably not a great candidate to be messing with "testoterone replacement therapy" either. Sounds like his hormones are already a little off.

he juiced in Pride, he blamed his roid rage event where he lead police on a chase that ended with him hitting a pregnant lady on energy drinks, and he is just plain f'k nuts....it's NOT TRT....it's TAT....testosterone ADDITION therapy...

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March 7, 2012  12:31 PM ET
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And people like this guy. He's not a top ten LHW, and has been overrated his entire career. Let him walk, either that or let Forrest embarrass him again.

I def wouldn't say his career is overrated. Rampage has beaten the best and beaten pretty much all below him. He has had a great career and put a stamp in mma.

March 7, 2012  12:33 PM ET
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he juiced in Pride, he blamed his roid rage event where he lead police on a chase that ended with him hitting a pregnant lady on energy drinks, and he is just plain f'k nuts....it's NOT TRT....it's TAT....testosterone ADDITION therapy...

I am not going to lie, I wasn't aware of the pride guys being on roids. It kinda makes why most didn't do well in the ufc.

March 7, 2012  01:18 PM ET
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I am not going to lie, I wasn't aware of the pride guys being on roids. It kinda makes why most didn't do well in the ufc.

Don't let the common misnomers fool you: Some Pride guys did use steroids, but the UFC guys did too.

The biggest reasons that the Pride guys didn't do as well in UFC as they did in Japan: Father Time.

All great fighters get old, and when they do they lose fights they would have previously won.

To put this a little in perspective: During Wanderlei Silva's Pride title run, the UFC HW title was held by all of the following:

Couture (3 separate times)
Ricco Rodriguez
Tim Sylvia (on 2 separate occasions)
Andrei Arlovski
Frank Mir

Of these, Mir is the only one who is semi-relevant. These guys all dropped off drastically as well, but no one ever says "Hey, these guys stopped winning fights! They must have been on steroids!"

And the Pride guys who were on steroids weren't the great fighters who ruled, it was mostly the sideshow guys like Bob Sapp. The greats of Pride, Nogueira, Fedor, Wanderlei Silva, ext weren't juicing, no matter what a clown like Loki says.

March 7, 2012  01:22 PM ET
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I am not going to lie, I wasn't aware of the pride guys being on roids. It kinda makes why most didn't do well in the ufc.

It's more because of age than because of banned substances.

Wanderlei hasn't done well in the UFC... just like Chuck Liddell started to decline when he lost his belt.

Cro Cop didn't do well in the UFC... just like Matt Hughes started to decline.

Age and wear and tear gets to all fighters.

Even though banned substances weren't controlled at all in Japan, most fighters in the USA take banned substances, simply knowing how to circumvent the system. See Overeem, Alistair.

March 7, 2012  01:23 PM ET
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he juiced in Pride, he blamed his roid rage event where he lead police on a chase that ended with him hitting a pregnant lady on energy drinks, and he is just plain f'k nuts....it's NOT TRT....it's TAT....testosterone ADDITION therapy...

He blamed roid rage? What? Do you have a quote on that?

March 7, 2012  01:24 PM ET
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Don't let the common misnomers fool you: Some Pride guys did use steroids, but the UFC guys did too.The biggest reasons that the Pride guys didn't do as well in UFC as they did in Japan: Father Time.All great fighters get old, and when they do they lose fights they would have previously won.To put this a little in perspective: During Wanderlei Silva's Pride title run, the UFC HW title was held by all of the following:Couture (3 separate times)Ricco RodriguezTim Sylvia (on 2 separate occasions)Andrei ArlovskiFrank MirOf these, Mir is the only one who is semi-relevant. These guys all dropped off drastically as well, but no one ever says "Hey, these guys stopped winning fights! They must have been on steroids!"And the Pride guys who were on steroids weren't the great fighters who ruled, it was mostly the sideshow guys like Bob Sapp. The greats of Pride, Nogueira, Fedor, Wanderlei Silva, ext weren't juicing, no matter what a clown like Loki says.

Dang. Well put.

I only read your comment after posting mine... or else I wouldn't have bothered writing anything! Well put!

March 7, 2012  01:40 PM ET
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He blamed roid rage? What? Do you have a quote on that?

I think he is just structuring his sentence poorly.

He means to say that he blamed the whole incident on energy drinks, but he interjected his own goofy opinion in the middle of it and ruined the whole thing.

And of the incident:

My favorite was the interview where Dana said "Rampage is a religous guy, and he was on this fast where he was just drinking energy drinks."

March 7, 2012  02:32 PM ET
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I think he is just structuring his sentence poorly.He means to say that he blamed the whole incident on energy drinks, but he interjected his own goofy opinion in the middle of it and ruined the whole thing.And of the incident:My favorite was the interview where Dana said "Rampage is a religous guy, and he was on this fast where he was just drinking energy drinks."

Yeah thats what I thought. I remember reading he was all amped up on energy drinks and didn't sleep for days while having baby momma drama.

March 7, 2012  02:33 PM ET
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Don't let the common misnomers fool you: Some Pride guys did use steroids, but the UFC guys did too.The biggest reasons that the Pride guys didn't do as well in UFC as they did in Japan: Father Time.All great fighters get old, and when they do they lose fights they would have previously won.To put this a little in perspective: During Wanderlei Silva's Pride title run, the UFC HW title was held by all of the following:Couture (3 separate times)Ricco RodriguezTim Sylvia (on 2 separate occasions)Andrei ArlovskiFrank MirOf these, Mir is the only one who is semi-relevant. These guys all dropped off drastically as well, but no one ever says "Hey, these guys stopped winning fights! They must have been on steroids!"And the Pride guys who were on steroids weren't the great fighters who ruled, it was mostly the sideshow guys like Bob Sapp. The greats of Pride, Nogueira, Fedor, Wanderlei Silva, ext weren't juicing, no matter what a clown like Loki says.

I know age plays a factor in their fighting career and only few can stay on top past their prime. I know the ufc now test for roids but I am sure in Japan they prob don't care as long as its a good fight.

March 8, 2012  07:37 AM ET
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I know age plays a factor in their fighting career and only few can stay on top past their prime. I know the ufc now test for roids but I am sure in Japan they prob don't care as long as its a good fight.

I would consider age to have a greater factor if the downward slide for so many fighters didn't happen to coincide with the death of Pride regardless of the varying ages of the Pride fighters...Roid Rage was only 29...Rua was only 26...both came to UFC and promptly lost to Forrest Griffin...even Nog was only 31....the end of a man's prime typically doesn't start until mid-30's but it seems most of the big names that came over from Pride were right in the middle of their prime when they came to UFC and suddenly started losing...Cro Cop at 32 wasn't all that old....Matt Hughes lost to the better fighter in GSP at 32 but he didn't really fall off skill-wise until he was closer to 36...Hendo and Silva are rare exceptions from Pride as they have passed the typical prime and still dominate...

March 8, 2012  07:51 AM ET

It's amusing how I had constantly been saying how Fedor was ducking the top competition until he was old enough to blame a loss on being past his prime....he stopped fighting the top fighters when he was 28 or 29 depending on how you view Cro Cop in 2005...if you think Cro Cop was still a dominant force, then he was Fedor's last real opponent before losing to Hendo...if you think Cro Cop was already falling off, then it was Fedor's first fight set up to protect his record)....and started losing at 33....

 
March 8, 2012  07:58 AM ET
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Yeah thats what I thought. I remember reading he was all amped up on energy drinks and didn't sleep for days while having baby momma drama.

well, admitting to roids would have had more negative consequences...of course, he was going to lie about it to cover it up....without a fight scheduled, UFC couldn't drug test him and the police can't force a drug test as it violates the 5th amendment...all they could do was take his license for a month for refusing to submit to a test...

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