Rampage Jackson Faults Himself For Strained UFC Relationship
“To be honest, my manager told me I need to learn to keep my mouth shut. He actually told me that this morning. I can say this … it all boils down to this: The UFC is promoting the UFC. They’re looking out for themselves. I feel like they promote their brand more than they promote the fighters. I feel them on that because anything that happens to a fighter — and [a fighter] can just be gone, get hurt — and they put all this money into promoting this fighter, then they ain’t got no product no more. I understand that. I just want the UFC to understand that I have to promote my own brand… I know I messed up the relationship by doing the movie over fighting Rashad Evans. It was my fault. I’ve got to keep it real. I did that. I messed up. I should have honored my contract and fought Rashad after ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … Before that Dana and I was really cool. I was really cool with the UFC, Lorenzo [Fertitta] and everybody. We were all cool, but I messed up the relationship by doing the movie and I’m aware of that.”
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