One of the UFC’s most popular fighters appears poised to leave the organization based on dissatisfaction with his treatment under the promotion’s banner. Quinton Jackson, who was last seen on the short end of the scorecards against Ryan Bader at UFC 144, took to Twitter last night where he labeled the company’s initials as standing for “U Fight Cheap”, expressing the desire to fight somewhere he felt supported as well as his intent to test free agency after one more bout inside the Octagon.
“I will fight who ever they put n front of me, I always have, but it will be my last fight in the UFC. I have other things on my mind,” wrote “Rampage,” seeking a more positive environment to display his talents in.
UFC President Dana White has not commented on Jackson’s desire to depart as of this report.
Jackson’s statements mark the second controversial take from Jackson in as many weeks with the 33-year old openly discussing his decision to use testosterone leading up to the Bader bout as a means of healing an injured knee to the point he’d be able to fight in front of his beloved Japanese fans. They are also not the first time Jackson has shown frustration with the UFC, contemplating a career in Hollywood a few years ago after landing a role in The A-Team.
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MMATraining Take: There’s clearly a lot more to the story Jackson isn’t sharing if he feels underpaid or that the UFC has treated him unfairly. Regardless, outside of WWE there is no outlet Jackson could theoretically sign with and earn anywhere near the pay he’s receiving from Zuffa (nor land the exposure). He definitely can’t compete as a high-level boxer and there aren’t any MMA organizations out there doling six-figures as he earns in the UFC. Truly, a strange situation as far as I’m concerned.