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Dana White mends fences with Rampage Jackson, insists he's happy 'Tito vs. Bonnar' did well on Spike TV

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After a long and tumultuous co-existence with Bjorn Rebney, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White hasn't had many -- if any -- bad words for Bellator MMA ever since former Strikeforce head cheese Scott Coker took over.

Heck, he even had some mild praise for Tito Ortiz "Off the Record" (via MMA Fighting).

"That thing was a free fight on free TV. Yea, it's going to pull some numbers. They're both big-name guys. I'm happy for Tito and Bonnar. Those guys are getting paid, that's really about it. To be honest with you, the 'Tito thing' is old, it's over. I couldn't care less anymore. When Tito and I were a lot younger we used to battle about a lot of things. I'm happy for the guy, he's getting paid. Good for him."

Ortiz fought fellow UFC hall of famer Stephan Bonnar in the main event of Bellator 131 last weekend (video highlights here), a Spike TV telecast that drew record-breaking numbers for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (see them here).

But while some fighters were celebrating their big shebang in San Diego, Calif., others were home second-guessing their careers. That includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, who is three fights into his Bellator contract and not sounding overly enthusiastic about it.

Now we know why.

"I like Rampage Jackson," White told Michael Landsberg. "Rampage and I have a very unique relationship in that all the stuff that goes on publicly, behind the scenes we square away. He's a good dude."

Good enough to bring back to UFC?

We'll see.

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