“Rampage” Jackson has long been whining about everything and everyone as part of his apparent scorched earth policy as he exits the UFC, including (but not limited to): the cowardliness of ground fighting, his Reebok sponsored gear being verboten (maybe because it’s a ridiculous eyesore), the legality of knee kicks (he may have a point there), and supposedly getting gypped on his PPV money. In response to the last point, Dana says he made over $15 mil in the last 5 years, which doesn’t actually refute Rampage’s claim, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. The latest target of Rampage’s scorn is his own former nutritionist Mike Dolce:
“I’m with Soulmatefood now and they are planning all my nutrition really well. I was with Mike Dolce for a while but I just got tired of him experimenting on me,” Jackson says. “I used to have to cut a lot of weight with that guy. He would give me a lot of bread and Nutella sandwiches. At the time I was loving it, but then I had to pay for it when I had to cut all the weight.”
Dolce was surprised by this sudden backstabbery, especially since Rampage was pretty much the poster child for the Dolce Diet:
Dolce said Jackson hired him in 2008 after losing to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86, and the two hit it off. Professionally, the fighter’s career turned around with wins over Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine.
But the fight with Evans at UFC 114 proved to be a turning point in their partnership. After a year-plus layoff, Jackson came into training camp at 251 pounds with eight weeks until fight time, Dolce said.
In a subsequent fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC 123, “Rampage” came in at 260 pounds.
“He wouldn’t do the things in the offseason that I requested of him to keep him healthy so he could perform well,” Dolce said. “It just became less professional of a relationship, and my phone was constantly ringing.
“I have other elite athletes. I have so many guys that I currently work with, and my phone is always ringing for new world-class guys. It’s not fair to other people that I can help that really want the help.
“Quinton, he wanted to win, it seemed. He wanted to look good and win. But he didn’t want that 12-month help like a lot of these other high-level athletes, like Vitor Belfort, Thiago Alves and Nik Lentz – guys like that that really want that coach-athlete relationship.”
There were also changes to Jackson’s camp that made Dolce uncomfortable.
“There were changes to his lifestyle and the people around him, and it became increasingly difficult and less professional for me to be involved,” he said.
Dolce excused himself from Jackson after the fighter’s lackluster win over Matt Hamill at UFC 130. Jackson lost his next two bouts: Champ Jon Jones submitted him at UFC 135, and Ryan Bader outpointed him at UFC 144, where for the first time in his career he missed weight.
As damning proof, Dolce dug up the above video from UFC 114, in which Rampage talks about how the Dolce Diet made his weight cut the easiest of his career, even though he came into camp 46 lbs heavy. So in a nutshell, Dolce practically worked miracles for the guy, and two years later he turns around and cries mistreatment. Let this be a warning to all who have ever worked with Rampage: no good deed goes unpunished.