Scheduling conflicts will force former light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson out of his upcoming grudge match against Rashad Evans at UFC 107 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 12.
No new date is known at this time for when the pair will settle their score once and for all, but early 2010 now seems like the most likely possibility.
Vancouver Sun reports that "Rampage" will soon report for duty on the set of "The A-Team" for his role as B.A. Baracus in the upcoming feature film.
He was recently in town to discuss the production schedule, which is apparently a six-week commitment that will prevent him from being fully prepared to compete in front of his hometown crowd (Memphis) for the first time ever inside the Octagon.
Company president, Dana White, who more was more than likely banking on Jackson to make a big splash at the box office, is unhappy with the news.
Here's a snip:
"Guess what Rashad Evans is thinking about right now. He’s thinking about beating your f**king ass. He’s not sitting around thinking about how him and his mom used to watch the f**king Love Boat together and he wants to get the role of Isaac the bartender."
Jackson recently completed taping for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (10) on Spike TV, which is set to debut after UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16. He served as a coach opposite his new-found arch enemy, Evans.
This is not the first time in 2009 Jackson didn't stick to the script.
Remember that he passed on the opportunity try and pry the 205-pound title from newly-minted division kingpin, Lyoto Machida, opting to take on the recently dethroned "Sugar" instead. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua happily stepped in for Jackson and is set to battle the "Dragon" at UFC 104 on Oct. 24.
Timing is certainly not on his side the year, which is something he will have to work on while on the silver screen along with castmates Liam Neeson (Col. John "Hannibal") and Bradley Cooper (Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck) in the 20th Century Fox-produced movie. The "Murdock" character has yet to be cast.
"A-Team," while certainly the most high profile, is not the first acting gig for Jackson. He has appeared in "Confessions of a Pit Fighter," "Bad Guys" and "The Midnight Meat Train," as well as an episode of "The King of Queens."
With Jackson now scratched, UFC 107 will feature a main event between lightweight division champion BJ Penn defending his title against number one division contender Diego Sanchez, as well as a heavyweight showdown between former champion Frank Mir and Cheick Kongo.