The MMA world is still processing the news that “Rampage” Jackson is returning to the UFC , and since it wasn’t that long ago when he was blasting the promotion, it’s taking a wee bit.
Sure, Jackson relayed that he wasn’t happy with how things were going with Bellator, and says he terminated his contract as a result, but the fighter hadn’t said much publicly about the situation.
Well, in a follow up report with FOX Sports.com, Jackson talked pretty openly about his issues with Bellator, as well as his change of heart regarding the UFC. Here is some of what the former light-heavyweight champ had to say:
“I was mad about some things when I left the UFC and so I figured the UFC had to be the worst organization out there,” said Jackson.
“I still don’t see eye-to-eye with the UFC on everything, and who knows what they do with stuff I don’t see. But no one pays as much as they do. Everybody wants a raise at their job. If you’re at a law firm, you want to become partner one day. As human beings, we always want more. I’m sure a lot of things are going to happen and I’m not going to be one hundred percent happy with the UFC. No job is perfect, in this world. But I’m also sure that it will be better than the last situation I was in.”
It’s an interesting report, as Jackson also talks about his issues with Bellator, and claims that Viacom did not deliver on everything they were contractually obligated to do. Of course, Viacom’s legal team will likely argue differently, but hopefully whatever goes down, Jackson won’t be out of action for too long.
The outspoken fighter is 36 after all, and can’t afford to spend months and months on the sidelines while a legal battle unfolds. Jackson already hasn’t fought since May, when he scored a controversial, decision win over “King Mo” Lawal.
Jackson went 3-0 during his time with Bellator, after he dropped three straight bouts to close out his run with the UFC last year.