Dana White: ‘Rampage’ Jackson will honor his contract because the UFC had his back every step of the way

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

The love-hate relationship that Quinton Jackson has with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been well publicized over the last few months.

From going on a rant about how he doesn't feel well paid by his employer, to saying UFC matchmaker Joe Silva should be shot in the face for matching him up with wrestlers and then saying he could care less if he's ever inducted in the promotions Hall of Fame, "Rampage" has not been shy when voicing his displeasure with the UFC.

For his part, UFC President Dana White has stated he has no beef with Jackson, even though he's asked to be let out of his contract on more than one occasion.

After months of pleading, "Rampage" got what he asked for and will be released from his contract with the UFC after he competes one more time. However, it's not because he asked to be let out, his contract will simply expire and will not be renewed.

That's according to White, who told reporters in a media scrum after the UFC 149 post-fight press conference this past Saturday night (July 21, 2012) via MMA Fighting:

"Rampage loves us one minute and hates us the next. He loves this sport, hates it the next. Loves the media and hates it the next. I don't have that type of relationship with Rampage at all. I don't dislike or hate him. It's all good, it's up to him, it's his life. It's not one of these things where I'm like, 'Oh, God, Rampage, don't do this.' It's Rampage's life. If you decide you don't want to be here anymore, or don't want to fight anymore, we're not going to hold you down and keep you to it. Me and Rampage had this conversation and he said, 'If that's true, Cut me from my contract right now.' And I said, 'Dude, we've had your back every step of the way, we've honored every contract that we've ever had with you - honor yours.' He said, 'Fair enough, That's true. You're right. I will honor my contract."

When a proposed bout with Mauricio Rua fell through due to nagging knee injuries, Jackson was later paired up to face promotion sophomore Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 on Oct. 13, 2012 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After all the verbal jabs Jackson launched at the UFC, it seems the two will amicably part ways after his final tangle in Rio. That is, of course, assuming Jackson doesn't have a change of heart.

Anyone see that happening?

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