In the long run, Quinton Jackson wants what anybody wants out of a career: Respect, appreciation and the occasional “thank you.”

And even though the former UFC light heavyweight champion is adamant that money doesn’t matter, getting paid market value for his services probably wouldn’t hurt, either.

On Monday, Rampage aired his grievances with the UFC to Bas Rutten in a candid interview on HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” expressing a desire to part ways with the promotion, perhaps even before his current contract expires. Jackson’s dissatisfaction with the promotion reached its apex following his loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan, a bout in which the Memphis native says he fought while suffering from a knee injury.

“I don’t want to fight for the UFC anymore. Fans don’t understand. They think just because I make a lot of money that I should be happy because I’ve got a nice house. But I’ve always stated that I fight for money because that’s my career,” Jackson said. “The thing is, the UFC knew I was injured [going into UFC 144], and they knew I still fought for them. Honestly, I feel like if I didn’t fight on that card in Japan I don’t think the appeal would have been as big. I feel like if I would have pulled out with an injury, I don’t think they would have done as well in Japan as they did.”

Jackson came in five pounds overweight for his Jan. 25 confrontation with Bader and looked subpar in dropping a unanimous decision to the Power MMA representative. The former Arizona State University wrestler controlled the majority of the contest on the mat, as Rampage struggled to overcome his opponent’s consistently dominant positioning. Jackson feels that the matchmaking was designed to make him look bad.

“I didn’t like the opponent that they were giving me. I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face. I’m sorry, but if you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out and put on fights, why are you gonna give me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?” he said.

The longtime Pride Fighting Championships standout also asserted that he wasn’t properly recognized by his employer for fighting at less than 100 percent.

“I think that the UFC should say thank you to Rampage. This is my first time ever not making weight. They could tell that something was wrong. In my whole career I’ve always been respectful to everybody and made weight,” he said. “Why would I want to give 20 percent of my purse for not making weight?”

Jackson attributes some of his weight issues to the testosterone replacement therapy he received prior to the fight. The 33-year-old admitted to undergoing the treatment and believes that it would have had positive effects on his performance had he not been injured.

“I did use TRT, because my doctor prescribed it to me, because my [testosterone] levels were low, and he said it would help me heal up my knee. I never backed off those statements, not once. I didn’t even have to give that information. I chose to give it, because a lot of people out there are cheating with steroids and stuff, and some people are even abusing TRT, and I choose not to,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing if fighters don’t abuse it.

“I saw a big difference right away,” Jackson continued. “It was very beneficial to me in my training. I felt like a 25-year-old again. If my knee wasn’t injured, you guys would have seen a new fighter. I’m hoping that my knee heals up pretty soon. I keep doing exactly what the doctor asks me to do, and I’ll add 10 more years to my fighting life.”

Where those 10 hypothetical years take place is anyone’s guess. While Jackson doesn’t appear interested in setting foot in the Octagon anytime soon, he made it clear that he is not done with fighting.

“I wish I didn’t have one more fight for them; I’m trying to get out of this one fight. ...Fans think that the UFC is the only show in town. I don’t care about money. I got money saved up and money in other places. If you think I made all my money with the UFC you’re wrong,” he said. “The UFC talks about how they’re in a billion homes and they’re making all this money, and yet I’m making less money than I used to make with the UFC.”

For Jackson, the solution to his current beef with the UFC is simple: The organization hasn’t appreciated his contributions over the years, so it might be best to sever the existing ties.

“After [my last fight] I was like, ‘I’m not putting my life on the line for these guys no more.’ They know what’s going on, but they’re still trying to make me look bad. They’re trying to make me lose my fan base,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to be part of the UFC. If Dana doesn’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, then let me go. If they feel like I lost my appeal, then let me go.”

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

Related News

UFC Fight Night 95: What If Cris Cyborg Actually Lost?

  • 29 days ago

No one is anticipating Cris Cyborg is about to suffer a major upset at the hands of Lina Lansberg this weekend at UFC Fight Night 95. Actually, most people who’ve been watching the Brazilian througho read news >>

Yves Edwards: If you're Lina Lansberg, fight 'Cyborg' the way she's already lost

  • 28 days ago

UFC commentator and retired fighter Yves Edwards isn’t about to make a bold upset prediction in the case of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 headliner. Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey will fight before the end of 2016

  • 25 days ago

Dana White believes Ronda Rousey is ready for a comeback sooner rather than later. read news >>

Emily Whitmire Raring to Make Up for Lost Time at RFA 44 on Friday |

  • 25 days ago

Following a slow start to 2016, Emily Whitmire is raring to make up for lost time at RFA 44 on Friday. read news >>

Kevin Lee still pushing a bout with Sage Northcutt, thinks the UFC wants to get rid of him

  • 24 days ago

Now 6-2 in the UFC, the always outspoken Kevin Lee is pushing again for a fight with “Super” Sage Northcutt.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos read news >>

Wonderboy thinks Cyborg would beat Ronda Rousey - 'TMZ Sports'

  • 24 days ago

Could Ronda Rousey beat Cris Cyborg? Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson doesn't think so. read news >>

Skip Bayless thinks McGregor could go the distance against Mayweather | UNDISPUTED

  • 24 days ago

Conor McGregor recently brought up a fight with Floyd Mayweather again, but if it happens, could Conor hang with Floyd? read news >>

The Aspirational Appeal of Gigi Hadid's Elbow | FIGHTLAND

  • 22 days ago

Last Thursday, September 22, notorious fashion industry scourge Vitalii Sediuk walked up behind model Gigi Hadid as she was leaving a fashion show in Milan, grabbed her from behind and lifted her off read news >>

Michael Bisping: Don't Call UFC 204 Bout with Dan Henderson a Rematch (video) |

  • 20 days ago

Michael Bisping explains why, despite having lost to Dan Henderson once before, he doesn't consider their UFC 204 headliner a rematch. read news >>

Thomas Almeida thinks about Garbrandt loss 'all the time,' wants spot at Nov. 19 hometown event

  • 18 days ago

After a knockout loss to Cody Garbrandt snapped a 20-fight undefeated streak, a hungry Thomas Almeida has been relentlessly asking for a spot at UFC Fight Night 100, set to take place at his home cit read news >>