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Rampage says he’s sorry

If you haven’t been following news on the new season of TUF (and I can understand why … after the first two episodes it’s fallen back into it’s ultra-predictable stale ass formula), you’ll have missed the drama where Mike Dolce blames Quinton Jackson for his loss in episode 3 – you can read the whole sob story over at MMA Weekly. While I doubt any of the past TUF coaches would have responded nicely to these accusations, Rampage just stepped up and apologized:

I read that Mike Dolce may have thought he was overtrained going into his fight. My bad on that. The thing about Mike Dolce being overtrained is that a lot of those guys came into the show training real hard because they were cast months in advance, and my dumb ass was not aware of that.

My whole theory is to not to overtrain guys, just to have them do enough to be ready to fight. Mike Dolce said that he was at his breaking point, but I did not catch it or understand what he was talking about, so we kept pushing him. Had he been more specific or explicit in not wanting to go any further, I would have let up a lot. I made a lot of mistakes with him because I didn’t have enough time to get to know him and what he’d respond to in training. I blame myself for that loss. Mike, if you readin’ this, I’m sorry man.

I’m pretty impressed that Rampage would go on the record about it. As usual, the show is dividing up nicely where one coach is the ‘good guy’ and one is the ‘bad guy’. Right now Rampage is filling up the good guy role, while Forrest Griffin has had so little camera time that he doesn’t really have a role at the moment. But if you take the fact that Forrest Griffin has a history of being a douche, I’ll just slot him in the bad guy role.

  • Accomando

    Rampage always came across as a good guy to me. He likes to joke around and doesn’t take things too seriously, Rampage is the man.

    It sucks that his early 1st round KO of that coke-head Chuck totally destroyed all the momentum the UFC and MMA had going. Page really hindered MMA’s growth.

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  • Lifer

    dunno if any of you followed the IFL at all but Dolce’s standup is pretty good and he’s had some savage ko’s. I only saw him lose once and it was in exactly the same fashion he lost that TUF fight so partially it would be overtraining but also guy needs to work on his wrestling.

    it’s always entertaining to watch mma athletes go “i’m not making excuses… but here’s my excuse…”

  • garth

    life is hilariously cruel.

    ‘page’s angry glare at the kid who KO’d is friend didn’t look too good guy.

  • Jemaleddin

    @Lifer: Actually, that’s amusing when anybody does it.

  • Throken

    That’s pretty classy on Rampage’s part.

  • Higgz

    Rampage doesn’t mind apologizing because he really doesn’t care what anybody thinks…and that’s one of the reasons why we all think he is awesome.

  • MacDaddy

    sure as shit wouldn’t have heard Matt Hughes apologizing for anything.