Joe Rogan continues to lead the pack with the biggest podcast on the planet, and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson revealed why he wasn’t there.
Rampage was featured on the latest episode of the No Jumper podcast. And early in his interview with host Adam22, Jackson was asked why he didn’t appear on the UFC color commentator’s show.
In short, Jackson admitted that he and Rogan had a bad conversation while competing as a UFC athlete, and that presumably led to a falling out between the two.
“We had a thing,” Rampage said. “Joe and I, we’ve always been cool, haven’t we? But then, after a few fights in the UFC, he noticed that I wasn’t checking the leg kicks and that I wasn’t throwing a lot of leg kicks. He got really energetic and on social media a lot of MMA fans were going like, “Man, you don’t know how to kick, you don’t know how to check leg kicks.” And I was like, man, it was just getting annoying, right?
Rampage said he didn’t check kicks because his opponents in the UFC didn’t “kick hard.” “I’d rather take a kick and then try to hit her,” Jackson continued. He also said he declined to throw a kick because he didn’t want to be taken to the canvas.
“So I went to Joe,” Jackson said. “Like, ‘Joe, man, why are you saying all that shit about me not knowing how to kick and not checking leg kicks?’
“We had a bunch of words and things and I said something bad,” Jackson continued. “I got tired of people talking shit about me all the time.”
Jackson said he now tells people to watch UFC fights with the volume turned down so they aren’t influenced by the comments. “So I tell them, ‘Watch the UFC turn the volume down,'” Jackson said.
“It will be a different fight because of the colored commentators. Do you know how this started? With radio. They would paint the picture of the fight for you. So Joe can, he can be a little biased at times, you know, against jiu-jitsu, folks. He loves jiu-jitsu guys and sometimes I would watch the fight and then turn it down a little bit and then I get a different view of the fight.”
It’s been over three years since Rampage fought. He last competed in December 2019 when he faced Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 237. Things didn’t go Jackson’s way; however, when his MMA legend ended him via TKO in the first round.
Rampage said in an interview with TMZ in April 2022 that he wasn’t done fighting and that he wanted to catch up on his last feat. Jackson has a professional mixed martial arts record of 38-14, which includes 20 wins via KO/TKO.