Quinton Jackson hasn’t been shy about listing the reasons he’s unhappy with the UFC. They disrespected him after his fight in Japan. They keep matching him up with boring wrestlers. They won’t let him wear his Reebok sponsor gear. They let Jon Jones kick people in the knee. And on and on and on with more issues every day. Here’s another one:
“People don’t know this, like the new fans, I left Pride back in the day when I felt like Pride wasn’t treating me right. I left them and they were the biggest show in the world around that time too. They weren’t treating me right, so I had to stand up for myself because I got to look at myself in the mirror. I rather go back to Memphis and have a regular life with my family and kids than let people take advantage of me. Tell me that my pay-per-view numbers did this number, and then tell the press pay-per-view numbers did higher, and I feel like I got cheated. I make less money. I feel like I went out there, put my life on the line, work hard, and [The UFC] cheated me out my pay-per-view numbers.” – Quinton Jackson via open media workouts
You may be quick to assume Rampage is just being paranoid (maybe the voices in the radio are feeding him bogus information again), but he isn’t the only guy to ever accuse the UFC of lowballing fighters on pay per view numbers. Randy Couture also complained that he thought he was getting short changed, and demanded an audit of the UFC’s PPV number claims back when he tried to walk away from the promotion to fight Fedor in Affliction. So maybe there’s more to this than just an eternally disgruntled employee complaining about nothing.