It seems Tennessee MMA fans will have to wait longer than expected before they get to see Memphis hometown hero Quinton “Rampage” Jackson come home to fight.
Jackson was originally scheduled to fight Rashad Evans, his opposing coach on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, at UFC 107 on Dec. 12 in Memphis. It is customary for the coaches of the hit Spike TV reality show to face each other in the Octagon at the culmination of each season.
Apparently Jackson has landed the role of B.A. Baracus in a new A-Team movie and there are scheduling conflicts between filming and the time he would need to train for the fight. Jackson has reportedly asked the fight be moved to early 2010.
When rumors of Jackson’s intentions to take the movie role surfaced a couple of weeks ago UFC President Dana White was none too happy. After all, he just built a whole season of The Ultimate Fighter around Jackson as one of the coaches, and was even going to have him headline the show in the UFC’s first event in Memphis.
With the Evans – Jackson fight off, UFC 107 is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion B.J. Penn and top contender Diego Sanchez.
Editor’s note: This thing is not over if you ask me. I don’t see Dana White sitting by letting something like this happen.