On the eve of the The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finale, Quinton Rampage Jackson has announced on his website that he will come out of retirement and see out his current contract with the UFC.
“I wanted to let my fans know that I’m going to come back to the UFC & finish my contract. Not because the haters are talking (expletive) about me being scared of Rashad or Titties or anybody else. I’m coming back for my fans & to shut Rashad’s mouth up & shut Dana’s mouth up. Then after that I’m going back to doing movies & I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape.”
Jackson fell out with UFC president earlier this year when he pulled out of his fight with the other coach on the season, Rashad Evans, in order to star in the hollywood remake of A-Team as B.A. Baracus. After White expressed his disappointment at the decision and mocked the fighters acting career, Jackson announced that he was to retire from the sport with immediate effect.
Though it appears the hatchet has not yet been buried, the news that Jackson is to return to the UFC will be welcomed, both by fans who are eager to see a resolution to the recent feud with Rashad Evans, and by UFC officials who are in need of fighters with star power after a string of injuries to their top performers recently.
It’s not perfect timing for the promotion however, with Evans currently scheduled to face Thiago Silva as the main event of UFC 108 on January 2nd. Despite that, win or lose, Evans will undoubtedly now face Jackson in 2010.