Dana White: 'The feeling is mutual' on impending 'Rampage' departure

UFC president Dana White isn't going to fight with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson anymore.

If the former light heavyweight champ wants out of the UFC, then he can leave.

"'Rampage' is obviously not happy with the UFC – no big deal, brother," White said following Thursday's pre-UFC on FOX 3 press conference.

White hasn't gotten that impression when talking to Jackson one-on-one. But whatever understanding they shared in person apparently hasn't translated to the public domain.

"I'll have a conversation with 'Rampage' and think we're cool, and then I'll read other stuff," he said.

That "stuff" is several interviews Jackson has given to multiple media outlets in which he's complained about being under-promoted, underpaid, and under-appreciated in his time with the promotion. He's promised that his next fight inside the octagon – which remains unscheduled as he recovers from knee surgery – will be his last.

White said his relationships with fighters aren't always roses and daisies, but he defended his company's treatment of Jackson in the five years he's fought for the UFC.

"As far as money goes, everybody needs to make more money," he said. "You making enough money? Nobody here is, right? Everybody needs to make more money. That's human nature. What we do is we go and negotiate deals that work for everybody.

"We've been good to everybody we've ever dealt with. We've never screwed anybody over, including 'Rampage.' And you want to talk about a guy that we went to bat for – we've gone to bat for him many times. I feel like [expletive] (Derek) Jeter when it comes to 'Rampage.'"

But the time in which White is willing to go to bat for someone who doesn't want to work with him is coming to an end.

"If he's unhappy with us, doesn't like us and doesn't want to be with us anymore, then the feeling is mutual," he said.

In his most recent appearance, Jackson, who took the title from Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 before losing it to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86, dropped a second consecutive fight when Ryan Bader outpointed him at UFC 144 following a submission loss to current champ Jon Jones at UFC 135.

Before injury concerns set him back, Jackson was targeted for a rematch with former champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who defeated him seven years ago in the now-defunct PRIDE.

Jackson courted controversy after UFC 144 when he gave an interview to "Fighters Only" in which he said the UFC had recommended an age-management doctor who prescribed testosterone to treat a knee injury he suffered in training for the event. He later amended his comments, stating his doctor had recommended the treatment.

Nevertheless, he said he was finished fighting for the promotion.

"I think the flavor is done," Jackson told HDNet's Bas Rutten. "If anybody thinks that I can't make my own career choices and stuff like that, then you're a bigot. I can do whatever the hell I want to do. I'm a grown man. I don't want to have to fight for somebody no more if they're not really appreciating me."

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