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September 22 2009 9:10 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
since most of you won't want to waste the time to sign up on his website i'll save you the trouble. Here is his latest blog.




The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn't ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn't know me but I took the fight and didn't complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.

Then before I can even get out of the cage they announced that I was fighting Dan Henderson without even asking me. After I beat Dan Henderson, I made history in becoming the first undisputed champion in MMA but was never even given the pride belt in the cage & I was never promoted as the undisputed champ. Later Anderson Silva was.

Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn't want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn't have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn't even worth it to me financially).

Then I reinjured my jaw in the fight with Vanderlei & Jardine. Frank Mir gets hurt so they wanted to switch my fight from UFC 100 to the fight Frank couldn't make it to but I couldn't fight cause I needed jaw surgury. So they give Machida the fight against Rashad & they told me they want me to coach TUF season 10 against Rashad. That's why I wanted Rashad to win so bad but when Rashad got knocked out I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all.

Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I'm not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that
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September 22 2009 9:52 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
damn!!!!! how long before the ufc has him in court for breach of contract?
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September 22 2009 10:10 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
technically its not breach of contract if he retires. You can't stop someone from retiring. It will only get messy if he pulls a Couture and comes out of retirement and tries to fight somewhere else.
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September 22 2009 10:28 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
sounds like he kind of got shafted. That really sucks. Dana White is a prick and he also seems like a big baby.
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September 22 2009 10:53 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
just posted this in sports. are we done with MMA talk there now?
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September 22 2009 11:08 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
im talking in both. fucking the whining fruits in the sports forum, if they want more threads post more.
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September 23 2009 12:56 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
he will be back just like randy
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I can see both sides of the argument here. Rampage obviously is looking out for #1. Even if he only makes say $500,000 to be in the A-Team movie, in terms of effort made to payoff, that's better than the UFC. And he does have the point about his "second career" in acting. He most likely won't be the next huge action star but he has potential to land himself as the comic relief or bully in movies. Plus i'm sure he will be picked up for a good number of straight to dvd films. There is money to be made in acting for him.

But on the flipside i see the UFC's point. He agreed to a series of commitments. The latest one being the show and the fight with Rashad. The UFC is a business and has an obligation to please the fans. If Rampage was hurt and couldn't take the fight with Rashad for the title prior to the show, then having Lyoto (who earned it) get a shot was a logical choice. There have been many times where a title fight was suppose to be booked but an injury or whatever changed it up. Look at Karo Parisyan. Guy was scheduled to face Hughes for the belt over 3 years ago. He suffered an injury in training and hasn't come close to a title shot since. Atleast Rampage is still in the mix. I'm pretty sure the winner of the fight with Rashad was getting a title fight for their next bout.

I can fully understand Dana being upset. The UFC banks on the coaches fighting at the end of the show. And they even went as far as to cater to Rampage by having it in his hometown. Now they have BJ Penn fighting on a show that was meant for Rampage. I mean i'd rather watch BJ fight than Rampage but it's always nice to see a hometown boy fight.

I think retiring is a little drastic but it sounds like Jackson doesn't want to fight for the UFC anymore and since he can't technically just walk away and sign with someone else, he pretty much has no other choice but to call it a day.
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September 23 2009 12:22 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
page, from day one, has always been about the chedda. he will admit it. dude is just a high school wrestler/memphis street fighter that had success in MMA. what he did with no real elite background is pretty awesome. somehow i think page will fight again, but i have a feeling this A team movie could do well.
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September 23 2009 12:26 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: buck rogers

he will be back just like randy

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September 25 2009 1:05 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
The A-Team movie will do well. Atleast in ticket sales. It might receive a terrible or mediocre review. If the sales are good and the movie isn't a total bomb in quality then it will have a sequel that will most likely make Rampage quite alot more money.


He made a follow-up blog that i'm not going to cut and paste but it basically reinforced most of his points in the first blog but he then made comments about Rashad's input. He says that he'd fight Rashad at any gym for free just to shut him up. The way the second blog sounded it seems that all that has to happen is Dana and him need to talk. I think once that happens, everything will be squashed, he'll fight Rashad, and all will be well in the world.
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