Here’s a shocker and a half: Quinton Jackson is coming back to the UFC. From his website:
Now, I wanted to let my fans know that I’m going to come back to the UFC & finish my contract. Not because the haters are talking shit about me being scared of Rashad or Titties or anybody else. I’m coming back for my fans & to shut Rashad’s mouth up & shut Dana’s mouth up. Then after that I’m going back to doing movies & I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape. Hate on dis!
It should be a joyous occasion right now … after all, Rampage might be a petulant headcase but that doesn’t really bother me so long as his freak outs don’t keep him out of the cage. But goddamn, it’s hard not to roll your eyes when he continues to talk about shit like quitting later and boxing matches once a year. It’s almost too bad Rampage’s dumb-ass ideas don’t manifest themselves into reality like he thinks they do, because it’d be fun seeing him get his block knocked off ‘staying in shape’.
Here’s how it’s most likely gonna roll: Quinton will come back to fight Rashad Evans and make a whackload of money. Somewhere during this time period, hatchets will be buried, friendship with Dana will be rekindled, the A-Team movie will do okay but not great, and Jackson will not become the next Hugh Jackman. There will be no one lining up to offer him million dollar roles. Fuck, way bigger names are getting paid less.
Meanwhile, Jackson made 325k off his UFC 96 fight with Keith Jardine, plus a 60k Fight of the Night bonus plus whatever PPV cut he got which I will conservatively estimate at another 250k, and that’s only ‘low’ (aka not over a million) because UFC 96 was one of those shitty cards. Against Rashad Evans, we’re talking about a lotta money. And then there’s gonna be more big money fights available up to three or four times a year, or hey, even once or twice if Quinton still wants to do a little acting on the side. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being reasonable.
Long story short, there will always be too much money for Rampage to make with the UFC for him to walk away for good. He might forget that during some of his big lame drama fests, but in the end so long as he in it for the money, we can look forward to more fights.