Remember that video former PRIDE star Quinton Jackson put out in which the Memphis native was seemingly attempting to rape a female? It wasn’t well received among mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, who felt the “joke” fell flat in its attempt at humor.
Well, it seems “Rampage” had an agenda all along.
Aside from wanting to be like one of his favorite comedians, Dave Chappelle, Jackson revealed to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that he was actually trying to get kicked off the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster.
However, he also says UFC officials were hip to his master plan and saw right through it.
“The reason why it wasn’t funny is because the guy released it too soon. It was supposed to be like Dave Chappelle type of stuff. I was supposed to do a series of videos and I was going to be like Dave Chappelle. I like and I wanted to be like Dave Chappelle. The guy liked the video so much he put it on an MMA website, I don’t understand. I was supposed to say, this is what I hope happens to any guy, lowlife, trying to rape women. Look what happened to the guy. He got shot at and ended up being a tranny, a man. Plus at the same time, I was kind of like, I had to put it out there, the timing, I was trying to get kicked out of the UFC. I have to keep it real. I was trying. They (UFC) were smart. They knew it, they saw right through it.”
When asked if he regretted putting out the video, Jackson had this to say:
“Now that the UFC didn’t kick me out, yeah. It didn’t do its job.”
Perhaps taking a page out of Miguel Torres’ book, the ‘rape’ card fell flat for Jackson, but did indeed lead to the release of Torres from the UFC when he sent out a rape-related tweet earlier this year. Miguel was eventually brought back into the fold, before being released yet again after his loss to Michael McDonald last April.
It’s no secret the former light heavyweight champion has had a rocky relationship with the promotion over the last year. With one fight remaining on his contract, Jackson was penciled in to face Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 on Oct. 13, 2012, but an unfortunate elbow injury forced the former 205-pound kingpin off the card.
Jackson recently revealed he has more lucrative offers from other organizations and will look to pursue them once he fulfills his final fight obligation and his contract with Zuffa expires.
Anyone care to offer guess as to where he might end up?
Will he still be a top draw outside of the world’s leading MMA organization? Or will he suffer a similar fate to that of Dave Chappelle, who hasn’t been heard from since leaving his comfy spot with Comedy Central in what would truly be an ironic twist of fate?