By Hobson Lopes,

Following his UFC 144 loss to Ryan Bader, a disheartened and discouraged Quinton "Rampage" Jackson took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Jackson (32-10, 7-4 UFC) has been one of the most loved fighters in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2007, but has seen his share of problems within the promotion.

Jackson had a highly publicized feud with Rashad Evans that led to two men coaching "The Ultimate Fighter." It was supposed to culminate in a fight between the two men, but Jackson decided to star in "The A Team," instead. While the fans finally got to see that fight in May 2010, Jackson was only a shell of his former championship self.

Jackson won his next two fights to set up a title match with Jon Jones, but he never had a chance in the fight. He then lost to Bader, bringing us to where we stand today. Jackson has recently stated that the UFC stands for "u fight cheap," and has asked to be released. While the UFC plans on letting Jackson walk, he will finish up the last remaining fight of his contract when he gets his long-awaited rematch with Mauricio Rua.

In April 2005, Rua defeated Jackson via TKO in the first round at Pride FC - Total Elimination 2005. The Brazilian ironically used soccer kicks to get the win, giving Jackson three losses in his previous six fights. When these two men lock up again (possibly in the summer), fans will see two different fighters from their first meeting. Despite trying to stay positive, Jackson may have too much on his mind when he steps into the Octagon, while the Rua we see today wouldn't be able to compete with younger and more exciting Rua from PRIDE.

When the fight ends and Jackson's UFC career is complete, what will be his lasting legacy? Will he be remembered as a former UFC champion who began the descent in the career of Chuck Liddell? Or will he be remembered as the guy who couldn't back up his talk with Evans? Unfortunately, he will likely be remembered mostly for the latter and his recent tirades.

For as much as he has done for the sport, it seems like his time in the big leagues will be coming to an end, which is not a good thing for anyone. It will leave another spot available for a younger fighter like Alexander Gustafsson to get a chance at stardom.

For a look at the best fights for some of the most popular fighters in the UFC and 2011 division recaps, go here.

More from this contributor:

Interview with Invicta FC VP/Owner, Shannon Knapp

What's next for Quinton Jackson Following UFC 144 Loss?

Best of Strikeforce Challengers

2011 MMA Awards

Who will replace MMA stars of yesterday?

Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.

Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Rob Lisita Looking to Crush Ev Ting and Steal His Fans

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Rob Lisita has been fighting some of the top featherweights, but will be up against a more familiar foe at ONE: Unbreakable Warriors on Friday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93: What's Troubling Alexander Gustafsson?

  • 27 days ago
  • 45 views

This summer has been bittersweet for Canadian music fans. Yes, that’s an odd place to start in discussing a Swedish mixed martial artist, but give it a second. One of the greatest rock bands the coun read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

  • 27 days ago
  • 22 views

Welcome once again, fight fans, to Germany (or Deutschland, as it's also known). On Saturday, the UFC will host UFC Fight Night 93, its fourth event in Germany and first in the city of Hamburg. In th read news >>

UFC Fight Night Arlovski vs Barnett: What you got right & wrong

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC fans made their predictions ahead of UFC Fight Night Arlovski vs Barnett - but were they correct? We look at all the prefight picks and see what really happened on fight night. read news >>

Pimblett: “I’ll be remembered as Cage Warriors 145 Champ, Not McGregor”

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

MMA fans from all over Europe have been clamoring for Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett’s UFC debut ever since he launched a tirade at Conor McGregor during a post-fight interview after securing a regional read news >>

Cody Garbrandt UFC 203 Q&A Video Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 14 views

Undefeated bantamweight Cody Garbrandt fielded questions from the fans in Cleveland prior to the UFC 203 weigh-in on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. read news >>

Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 203

  • 18 days ago
  • 31 views

Win or lose, Urijah Faber was going to give fans something to be sad about at UFC 203. The California Kid is officially the California Middle-Aged Man at this point, and while fighters such as Dan He read news >>

UFC Fight Night Poirier vs Johnson rewind: What you got right & wrong

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC fans made their predictions ahead of UFC Fight Night Poirier vs Johnson - but were they correct? We look at all the prefight picks and see what really happened on fight night. read news >>

Jedrzejczyk Remembers Aussie Fans Well, Respects Their Passion

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 views

Melbourne, Australia was on fire when Joanna Jedrzejczyk fought at UFC 193 as co-main event to Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm. The UFC is headed back for Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Souza at the Rod Laver read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 draws announced sold-out attendance of 8,410 fans in Brasilia

  • 4 days ago
  • 5 views

BRASILIA, Brazil – Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 event drew an announced attendance of 8,410 for the UFC’s second show in Brazil’s capital city.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>