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Keeping Your Ego In Check

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Keeping Your Ego In Check

Keeping Your Ego In Check

Dana White said something along the lines of having to deal with all the fighters is a nightmare because of all the egos involved. Granted the sport is that of fighting and the question is who is the better fighter. It is in our DNA to try to be the alpha male. But sometimes, a fighter needs to keep his ego in check. It is a difficult thing to do, but the higher road is the one that will serve a fighter better.

Here is a recent example, and no fighter is going to be named because they have already acted on their actions in a more positive light. After winning a hard fought, three-round decision, a member of the media thought it was unrealistic that the fighter won with the score cards that he did (they were 30-27 across the board) and this member went on to say that he thought the opponent won the fight 29-28.

This lead to the victor of the fight lashing out at the member of the media accusing him of pandering to his more known opponent. The fighter went on a diatribe going so far as to question this member of the media’s credentials and stated that just because one calls himself a professional, doesn’t mean he is one.

Two issues with this. One, he still won the fight regardless of what the member of the media stated. And two, he went after a person who writes for a living in a medium that favored the writer. Not saying the fighter couldn’t hold his own with the written word, but do you think it would be wise of Usain Bolt to challenge Michael Phelps to a swimming race or Phelps to challenge Bolt to a running race? No.

Of course word got out rather quickly about what was going on and the member of the media was quick to retort. The writer flat out stated that the professional fighter himself chose to not act like a professional and instead resorted to childish and bully like actions.

The fighter went on to mention that if a potential sponsor saw the words written about him not winning the fight that he could realistically not gain that sponsor. The problem with that logic, is that in the way he defended himself, by going on a rant, he hurt himself even worse than a writer giving their opinion on the scoring of the fight. And of course, let’s keep in mind that scoring a fight is just that, an opinion.

Had the fighter kept his ego in check and gracefully talked to the writer, things might have turned out differently. Instead we have a situation that went from a tiny blip on the radar to massive earthquake.

Another example is back at UFC 100 when Brock Lesnar defeated Frank Mir. He went on to say that he was “going to go home and drink a Coors Light instead of a Bud Light because Bud Light won’t pay him nothing.” Oddly enough at the post fight press conference, Lesnar was sitting there with a Bud Light. Why?

Because according to Lesnar, Dana White gave him a verbal whooping like never before and it put him in his place. Lesnar then apologized at the post-fight press conference and was suddenly very humble. It was a complete 180 and one that was much needed.

Sponsors seek out fighters that will represent their brand well. And while a fighter might say they don’t care how they come off, someone giving them a check certainly does. Just ask NBA star Kobe Bryant about McDonalds or Lance Armstrong about Nike.

RecapRadio: Tyler Shinn, Carson Beebe, Aaron Simpson

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This is a brand new version of RecapRadio featuring some of the best of our interviews with fighters fighting all across the nation.  This episode features interviews with RFA 4 fighter Tyler Shinn, Tachi Palace fighter Carson Beebe, and UFC welterweight Aaron Simpson.  You can either use the player below or download it and listen to the podcast on your mp3 player of choice.

 

UFC Releases Video Thanking Fans

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Gotta hand it to the UFC.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks with all the injuries that have forced change after change to the cards.  But there’s one thing Dana White has always said and that is that the UFC has some passionate fans.  Now to thank all of us for our love of the sport, the UFC has released a video with some crazy highlights that many remember.

MMA Link Club for July 17

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Renzo Gracie - via UFC.com

Renzo Gracie – via UFC.com

MMA Recap is proud to announce a partnership with a new independent link club whose sole purpose is to provide the readers with some of the top articles from independent mma websites.  This week’s link club includes stories ranging from a photo gallery to UFC creating a ranking system to sorting out the UFC’s middleweight division.

Dr. Rhadi Ferguson asks: Will the UFC ever create a ranking system? [Pro MMA Now]

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy Fight Night Photo Gallery [The MMA Corner]

Renzo Gracie talks learning & teaching MMA [Fight Nerd]

Helping the Dust Settle in the UFC Middleweight Division [MMA Valor]

Breaking News: Bibiano Fernandes to face Gustavo Falciroli at One FC: Pride of a Nation [The Fight Nation]

WRoxer is set to be the world’s first-ever MMA superhero animation for kids [The MMA Review]

UFC On Fuel TV 2: Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara Preview

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Brian Stann - via UFC.com

Brian Stann – via UFC.com

Both coming off losses in 2011, Marine Captain Brian Stann and Italian Allesio Sakara face-off in the octagon to prove to Dana White and UFC fans all over the world that they are indeed relevant in the middleweight division. The road to redemption for these two warriors begins April 14th at UFC’s sophomore installment on FUEL TV. Here they serve as the co-main event alongside Alexander Gustafsson and Thiago Silva in UFC’s first event ever in Sweden.

Sakara returns to the cage for the first time in over a year after suffering a loss to Chris Weidman at UFC Live: Sanchez Vs. Kampmann. On that night Weidman’s wrestling skills were to much for the Italian striker in which he spent most the night on his back after being taken down and controlled by the former Division-1 All-American.  Hoping to bounce back from that loss, “Legionarius” was scheduled to return to action at UFC 133 on August 6, 2011, but that would never happen. During the camp leading up to the fight against Jorge Rivera he would be forced out after tearing the ACL in his knee.

Since first joining the UFC in 2005 Sakara wasn’t able to piece together consecutive wins. Looking to be on his way out with another loss he decided to switch teams as well as weight divisions in 2008; joining American Top Team and moving down to the middleweight division.  This move would bode well for him first defeating James Lee in his last light heavyweight fight before losing to heavy handed slugger Chris Leben in his middleweight debut. Immediately afterwards getting back to work and working with the his new team, he was able to string consecutive wins together and looked good doing it. His comeback fight against Joe Vedepo stopped almost as fast as it started with a knockout head kick at 1:27 of round 1 earning knockout of the night. Then moving on to and beating strong opponents in Thales Leites (split decision) and James Irvin (TKO; punches) in two impressive performances. Before his lackluster loss to Chris Weidman and his torn ACL the word you could put before his name was resurgent, a path he started with Joe Vedepo. Now on April 14th he hopes to restart that process against a tough opponent and former WEC light heavyweight Champ Brian Stann.

One time contender Brian Stann was shooting up the middleweight ranks before being dominated and eventually submitted by Chael Sonnen.  His poor performance against the now number one contender had critics and fans alike questioning if he was the real deal or not. Like his opponent, he his trying to prove to everyone he is a still a threat in a strong middleweight divison.

Long before his first professional fight and capturing WEC gold, Marine Captain Stann was already battle hardened and earning Silver rather than gold. Silver as in Silver Star -the military’s 3rd highest award for “gallantry in action” during an enemy ambush in northern Iraq. There, him and his company withstood constant attacks for six consecutive days and in doing so lost no men. These actions of resolve and aggressive strength embody his character as a fighter as well.

Unlike his opponent who had problems gaining consecutive wins, “The All American” flew out of the gate winning his first 6 professional fights all in  the first round  and capturing  the WEC Light Heavyweight title in the process. Stann would then go on to lose his title and his first fight later that year to Steve Cantwell in which would be his last fight in the WEC. His UFC debut would also end in a loss against Krzysztof Soszynski.  But Stann quickly bounced back and revenged his first loss and beat Cantwell and then Rodney Wallace; once again stacking wins. This time the count wasn’t gonna reach six as wrestler Phil Davis stood in his way and thoroughly dominated the striker for three rounds. That fight would then be his last at light heavyweight as he was clearly undersized compared to the the large and long limbed Davis.

Middleweight would be a nice fit for the 6’1” Stann as he would begin tearing through it with consecutive wins over Mike Massenzio, fellow brawler/stiker Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago. At this point Stann was being recognized by critics and fans alike and that indeed he may be a force to be reckoned with in the middleweight division. Dana White heard the cries and agreed and booked Stann to fight Chael Sonnen with possible title shot implications at UFC 136, a fight he would lose badly. So as Sonnen prepares for Anderson Silva title shot, Brian Stann prepares for Allesio Sakara and a different shot, a shot at redemption.

At UFC on FUEL 2 these two warriors will get in the octagon and fight for their chance to start climbing back up the ranks. Allesio Sakara is a great striker with an aggressive style and a solid chin.He also has good hand speed and accuracy with some knockout capability.   Brian Stann on the other hand is very heavy handed and could end the fight easily in one swing. Which is why as good of a striker Sakara is, it would be best to not stand up and bang with him. Stann also has decent wrestling but really struggles against anyone with superior skill as he did against Sonnen and Davis. Though he has won only two profesional fights  by submission in ten years, Sakara is a black belt in bjj under Marcus “Conan” Silveira.  Which is still a skill set opponent should still be wary of.  All in all this poses as an interesting matchup of boxer vs. brawler where in any case for any of these two men this fight can end as fast as it starts. Look for the technical  striker that is Sakara try to get  in and out and pick Stann apart, while he will be trying to end the night quickly and aggressively against the Italian Boxer. It should be a great fight and definitely has “Fight of the Night” capabilities. In the end one man moves back into the ranks while the other will just have to have another opportunity an oppurtunity that might not happen any time soon.

UFC on Fuel TV 2 Preview

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Cyrille  Diabate - via MMAJunkie

Cyrille Diabate – via MMAJunkie

On Saturday, April 14 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm Sweeden, UFC on Fuel TV will take place.  The night of action is headlined by a light heavyweight clash between Alexander Gustafsson taking on replacement fighter Thiago Silva.  The night’s co-main event will feature heavy handed Brian Stann going to battle against Alessio Sakara.  The preliminary fights will air on Facebook, while the six-fight main card will air on Fuel TV.  All six preliminary fights and four of the main card fights are previewed below.

The night will kick off with a featherweight bout as Jason ‘Shotgun’ Young (8-5 MMA 0-2 UFC) taking on American Eric Wisely (19-7 MMA 0-1 UFC) in the first match of the prelims. Young looks to rebound from unanimous decision defeats to notables Dustin Poirier and Michihiro Omigawa. Wisely, who is a replacement for the injured Akira Corrassani, looks to get back to winning ways following a submission loss to up and coming Brazilian prospect Charles Oliveira in his UFC debut. With both guys coming in with losing records in the UFC both could possibly be fighting to save their UFC careers and continue their tenure with the company.

The second match of the evening will see two UFC debuts as Norwegian Simeon Thoresen (16-2-1) takes on Swedish Besam Yousef (6-0) in the welterweight division. Thoresen was Ultimate Warrior Challenge welterweight champion and Yousef was Zone FC welterweight champion before signing up for their UFC debuts. 14 of the Danes 16 wins have come via submission whilst 5 of six of Yousef’s wins have also been by submission so this one could be a good encounter on the mat.

Another match of newcomers to the UFC sees Swedish ace Reza Madadi (11-2), who comes in to his debut on a six fight win streak which includes notables Junie Browning, Carlos Prater and Rich Clementi, taking on Cuban born American Yoislandy Izquierda (6-0). There has been a lot of talk of Madadi and it will be interesting to see how he fares in his first fight in the big leagues.

Francis Carmont picked up the biggest win of his career in his UFC debut with a unanimous decision win against Chris Camozzi back at UFC 137. Now his role is reversed from newbie as he takes on debutant Magnus Cedenblad. The French Tristar Gym member, Carmont, is now on a six fight win streak whereas his Swedish counterpart brings in a seven fight win streak which has earned him a spot on the card in his home country.

Dangerous kickboxer Cyrille Diabaté (17-8-1) has skipped between wins and losses so far in his UFC tenure winning against Luiz Cané and Steve Cantwell but losing to Alexander Gustafsson and most recently Anthony Perosh. Diabaté was set to face world renowned kickboxer Jorgen Kruth who has made his way to the octagon at 37 years old. “The Last Viking” who holds a 1-0 boxing record, 71-14 kickboxing record and now 5-0 MMA record is a man who has fought all of his life and is a former two time World Muay Thai Council Super Heavyweight World Champion. Kruth’s UFC welcoming has been put on hold for the time being though as he was forced to pull out citing an injury and has been replaced by newcomer Tom DeBlass. The Ricardo Almeida taught fighter takes the fight on just a weeks’ notice and brings in a perfect 7-0 record, most recently defeating Randy Smith by heel hook after just 41 seconds at Ring of Combat 39 in February.

Two guys face off looking to bounce back after almost identical losses at almost identical times are welterweights Papy Abedi and James Head. Abedi lost at UFC 138 by rear naked choke at the hands of Thiago Alves whilst Head lost, also by rear naked choke, at UFC 131 to Nick Ring. The losses came at 3.32 and 3.33 of the first round. The Alves loss was the first of Abedi’s (8-1) career so far and he will be looking to get back on track against Head (7-2).

Main Card;

Top British bantamweight Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett gets back in the octagon following a UFC debut loss in the co-main event at UFC 138 in England to the impressive Renan Barao. Pickett (20-6), who holds notable wins over Demetrious Johnson and Ivan Menjivar, faces off with “The Anger of Death” Damacio Page in what could be a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender. Page (12-6) recently suffered a second loss to Brian Bowles, in what could have been a re-run of their first bout, with Bowles sinking in a guillotine choke and forcing the tap at 3.30 of the first round. This was the exact same time and way that their first meeting ended at WEC 35. I spoke to Brad recently and he had this to say about the fight;
“Yeah he’s a very dangerous opponent. Were both coming off losses and its very clever match making because we both have kind of like aggressive styles so I think it’ll be a very exciting fight”

The Ultimate Fighter 9 finalist DaMarques Johnson (16-9) returns to action for the first time since a November knockout of Clay Harvison at UFC on FOX 1. Johnson’s opponent is British welterweight John ‘The One’ Maguire (17-3) who comes in following a debut win over Justin Edwards at UFC 138 in his homeland of England. Maguire brings a six-fight win streak into the fight that saw him win the UCMMA and OMMAC welterweight titles and winning his UFC debut. Maguire’s last defeat was actually at the hands of aforementioned Norwegian UFC debutante Simeon Thoresen at BAMMA 3 back in May of 2010.

Dennis Siver (19-8) makes his long awaited debut at featherweight against division veteran Diego ‘The Gun’ Nunes. ‘The Gun’ (17-2) has faced top competition in the division including Raphael Assuncao, Mike Brown, Kenny Florian and Manvel Gamburyan and has won all of those fights except Florian. Siver was expected to face Ross Pearson in a rematch of their fight at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi which Pearson won by decision. That fight fell through and Siver took the fight with Nunes whilst Pearson is now matched up with Cub Swanson at UFC on FX 4. The rematch does look like it will happen at some point though as both fighters have expressed an interest in it. For the time being we have this very exciting bout which should be fast paced with some brilliant striking on show.

Paulo Thiago burst on to the welterweight scene back in 2009 with a knockout win against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95. That win took Paulo to 11-0 and he looked destined for great things. Since that win Thiago has gone just 3-3, taking his record to 14-3 overall. He recently bounced back from consecutive defeats to Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez with a win over David Mitchell at UFC 134 back in August. He will have his hands full however with a debutant who has paid his dues on his way to the big show and who a lot of people have been raving about for a long time. Siyar Bahadurzada has acquired a 20-4 record over during his career so far and has also picked up many fans as well as nicknames in this time. Going by ‘Siyar the Great’, ‘Killer’, ‘Unstoppable’ and ‘Afghan Killa’ the 27 year old Afghanistan native has trained with such fighters as Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Sergei Kharitonov, Gegard Mousasi, Muhammed Lawal, Rashad Evans, Mark Munoz and other notable fighters. Coming into this match on the back of six straight wins, Bahadurzada will look to a win in this fight to prove himself among the elite and catapult him into contention in a division which really seems to be heating up in the wake of dominant champion Georges Saint-Pierre’s current long term injury.

 

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UFC 2012 Quarter 1 Recap

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While we are approaching the end of March and it seems like it has been forever since an actual UFC event other than The Ultimate Fighter, it is time to recap what has transpired in the first quarter of 2012 with regards to the UFC.

From January 1st through March 31 the UFC held seven events. The first of which took place on January 14th and the span ended on March 3rd. That was seven events in seven weeks. No wonder the UFC decided to take some time off as the next event scheduled isn’t until April 14th.

Looking back at the events, there were several memorable moments. From fights to knockouts to submissions, the first quarter did not disappoint in the least. Let’s take a look at some of the best of the best through out this quarter.

Submissions
During the quarter there were a total of seventeen submissions. Some were obviously more memorable than others. But there was something special about our top five submissions. It could be because a fighter stuck to his bread and butter, it could have been a submission that hasn’t been seen before, or it could have been just from the sheer fact that the fighter got the submission. In all cases, just mentioning the fight and the submission it is likely to bring images of people tapping to the forefront of your brain.

5. Jim Miller defeated Melvin Guillard by rear naked choke at UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller
4. Dustin Poirier defeated Max Holloway by mounted triangle armbar at UFC 143
3. Martin Kampmann defeated Thiago Alves by guillotine choke at UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann
2. Rousimar Palhares defeated Mike Massenzio by heel hook at UFC 142
1. Charles Oliveira defeated Eric Wisely by calf slicer at UFC on Fox: Evans vs Davis

Knockouts
Nothing gets the crowd going more than a crazy knockout. Sometimes a ref is merciful and is able to stop the barrage of attacks and other times, a single shot sends a foe to the canvas stiff as a board. No matter how the knockout happened, fans will always place the fighter that delivered the finishing strike on a new pedestal wanting him to take on a step up in competition.

5a. Stephen Thompson defeated Dan Stittgen by head kick at UFC 143
5b. Anthony Pettis defeated Joe Lauzon by head kick at UFC 144
4. Tim Boetsch defeated Yushin Okami by TKO at UFC 144
3. Lavar Johnson defeated Joey Beltran by uppercuts at UFC on Fox: Evans vs Davis
2. Jose Aldo defeated Chad Mendes by knee at UFC 142
1. Edson Barboza defeated Terry Etim by spinning heel kick at UFC 142

Fights
While there were several memorable fights across all the cards, there is just something extra about the fights that received fight of the night honors from the UFC. Some fights were quick, others were one sided beatings, and others were great back and forth battles. With that said, here’s the top 5 fights from the first quarter.

5. Evan Dunham vs Nik Lentz at UFC on Fox: Evans vs Davis
4. Diego Sanchez vs Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs Ellenberger
3. Roy Nelson vs Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143
2. Demetrious Johnson vs Ian McCall at UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann
1. Frankie Edgar vs Ben Henderson at UFC 144

Overall Card
Pay per views always tend to have a higher ranking as far as star power is concerned, and justifiably so; they require someone to purchase the event instead of watch it for free. But sometimes the free cards can out perform their pay per view counter parts on the fact that the fighters want to be on the main card of a pay per view instead of televised card. It was a difficult decision to rank the cards, but here’s the top 5.

5. UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs Ellenberger
4. UFC on FX: Guillard vs Miller
3. UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann
2. UFC 142: Aldo vs Mendes
1. UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson

UFC 148 Is Shaping Up Nicely

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UFC 148 is beginning to shape up nicely and is looking like a brilliant card. The event is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 7.

With the main event being the rubber match for the bantamweight title between champion Dominick Cruz and long time rival Urijah Faber, the card already has drawing power. With the score tied at 1-1 between the current The Ultimate Fighter coaches this bout looks set to be an explosive affair. Especially when you consider the bitter relationship between the two now being fuelled as they spend more time together than they ever have before during the filming of the reality show. Urijah Faber is the only man to have ever beaten Cruz and is looking to get the belt which he feels he deserves and should be the rightful owner of. Cruz has changed a lot as a fighter since that loss to Faber, which took place at WEC 26 in 2007 in the featherweight division. He will be bringing a ten-fight win streak into this fight.

When you add to the main event the recent additions of Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin; Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz 3 (in what is set to be Ortiz’ retirement match), Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, this card could end up being the biggest event of the summer.

San Shou icon and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le looks to rebound after a TKO loss to the legendary Wanderlei Silva with a win over another legend of the sport in the always tough fan favourite Rich “Ace” Franklin. Rich returns to his natural home of middleweight for the bout after fighting at light heavyweight in his previous fights. Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is also looking to get back to winning ways after a loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. Neither fighter has ever lost two in a row in their professional careers and will be looking to keep that record intact.

Tito Ortiz will look to finish his career in style by winning the trilogy with “The Original Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin. These two are almost certainly future UFC hall of famers with both guys helping build the sport and the UFC to what it is today; albeit by totally different methods. Tito was the loudmouthed punk who would trash talk everybody and anybody and do the “Gravedigger” routine at the end of fights, who the fans would love to hate. While Forrest Griffin made history and became a huge favourite for his performance in The Ultimate Fighters original season, finishing it off with a legendary match in the finale with Stephan Bonner. The Griffin-Bonnar one fight is what many believe is the greatest ever MMA fight. Both are still big draws and this is a bout both have wanted for some time to settle the score once and for all. Win, lose or draw both guys will give it their all as always and the fans will no doubt be left with a nostalgic feeling as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” enters the Octagon for the final time.

Tim Boetsch scored the biggest win of his career in a spectacular come from behind knockout of Yushin Okami at UFC 144 and immediately asked for a top contender to cement his place in the upper echelons of the division. His request was granted with British star Michael Bisping who recently lost a close number-one-contender match against Chael Sonnen. While UFC matchmaker Joe Silva doesn’t usually like to match up a recent winner with a recent loser, Bisping showed a great display against Sonnen and in a win here will most likely go straight back to the front of the pecking order.

Demian Maia makes the drop to welterweight and is met by the ‘Stun Gun’ Dong Hyun Kim. Kim had opened his professional career with a 16-0 record before losing to current interim title holder Carlos Condit. The Korean has since bounced back with a decision win over Sean Pierson whilst Maia enters looking to get back to winning ways after a decision loss to middleweight prospect Chris Weidman.

Another matchup recently announced for the card is a bantamweight fight between the always impressive Renan Barao and Jeff Hougland. Barao is on an unbelievable 29 fight unbeaten streak after losing his first professional bout and is thought to be next in line for a bantamweight title shot. Hougland enters on the back of a nine fight win streak and a recent UFC debut win.

The only other match announced at this time is a middleweight bout between Constantinos Phillipou and DEEP veteran Riki Fukuda.

Stay tuned to MMARecap as more fights are announced.

Quinton Rampage Jackson

What To Do With Rampage Jackson

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Quinton Rampage JacksonQuinton “Rampage” Jackson is a fan favorite. Probably one of the most recognizable UFC fighters in the world. His days over in Japan fighting for Pride made him a superstar within the mma community and many were amazed when he was brought into the UFC.

That isn’t a fair statement, that he was brought into the UFC, because in fact he was BOUGHT to become part of the UFC. UFC purchased the struggling WFA promotion with a major reason to shore up a contract for Rampage Jackson.

He made his debut at UFC 67 against Marvin Eastman and it took him nearly nine minutes to finish Eastman by strikes. He apologized to the fans for the poor performance and admitted he had the famed Octagon Jitters.

Since then he’s fought nearly the whois who in the light heavyweight division. He holds victories over Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, keith Jardine, Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill. His loss come against other top contenders in Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader. Save all but the last fight, he either fought for the title, a previous champion, or was in a number one contender fight.

But things started to go amiss when he lost his title to Forrest Griffin. Shortly after he was involved in a major traffic violation. Fleeing police and the scene of several cars he hit, the internet blew up with the report that a UFC fighter was involved in such a devastating affair.

Unlike most employers, the UFC stood by their former champion and posted his bail. Nothing was ever reported about the UFC punishing Jackson after the incident and he was given a fight just six months later.

Rampage was then offered the chance to play the role Mr. T made famous in the A-Team tv series, only this time it was a feature film. The UFC granted him, though begrudgingly, time off to film the movie.

Depending on who you ask, Jackson was supposed to fight for the title against Machida, but because of the time off, the UFC may or may not have forced him to coach against Rashad Evans during season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter with the winner getting the title shot.

Regardless, Evans-Jackson was one of the most hyped fights of all time, but again, it was delayed due to Jackson needing to re-shoot stuff for the A-Team.

Since his fight with Evans, Jackson has gone 2-2 with wins over Machida and Hamill and losses to Jones and Bader. All the while, Jackson complained of lack of motivation for the fights with the exception of Jones as it was for a title. But even a motivated Jackson was no match for the rising star of Jon Jones.

Jackson missed weight for his last fight against Bader, a fight that was important to him as it was held in Japan. He later said he was injured, though in what capacity was unknown.

After the fight Jackson took to twitter and stated that the UFC stole his love of fighting after the Forrest Griffin fight; a fight that happened nearly four years and seven fights prior. He complained that the UFC wasn’t matching him up with fighters, but guys who just wanted to hump his leg. Jackson, clearly hasn’t evolved as a fighter.

He continued his tirade and said he wanted to be released from his contract so he could go fight someplace else. Even said that the UFC is holding him back as they don’t want him to be bigger than them. He hinted at poor pay compared to what the UFC is bringing in, and all around sounds unhappy.

So the question is, what to do with Rampage Jackson? The UFC was quick to say that he would be released after finishing the last fight on his contract. The fight was supposed to be against Shogun Rua and was in discussion to take place sometime in the summer of 2012. But then Rampage said he needed surgery on both knees and the fight would be delayed.

And now we wait. But again, what to do with him. The UFC has a long history of strictly enforcing their contracts when they want to punish a fighter. On the shelf with an injury, that delays the length of your contract. Have a disagreement about pay, the bump you down on the card.

Rampage needs to remember that while he became a star in Pride, that organization is no longer around for a reason. He has made more money in the UFC than he did in Pride as he is considered to be one of the few that actually get points on a pay per view buy. Complaining about his lack of funds almost seems ludicrous considering the fact that he has earned millions of dollars within the organization.

Additionally the UFC takes care of their fighters when they get injured; regardless of it happened inside the octagon or while training. This doesn’t just apply to the top guys (which Jackson is) but to nearly everyone on the roster.

Jackson wants his release to go fight for another organization, but the question is which organization would he fight for? Bellator? Could he compete in their light heavyweight tournament? Maybe, but his game hasn’t evolved and would likely get out wrestled and lose. Strikeforce? That’s owned by Zuffa so highly unlikely and the pay would not be what it is in the UFC. One of the new start ups that are making waves? How long will those last.

So to me the answer is simple. Prove Rampage right while at the same time make a point out of him. If he wants to complain about his pay and how much it sucks fighting for the UFC, then do something about it. I would delay Rampage’s last fight until the week before his contract expires. Keeping in mind that there is likely an injury clause that says it gets pushed back if he cannot fight. I would also put him on a UFC on Fuel card. Why? UFC on Fuel needs all the help it can get. Putting a star on that card will help drive viewership, while at the same time, penalizes Rampage as he won’t get his points from a pay per view. Then win or lose after the fight, I would hold Rampage to the very last day of any negotiating or matching periods there are. This sounds like a bad thing to do to such a fan favorite, but sometimes an example needs to be made.