Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, in the moments after his loss to Rashad Evans by unanimous decision at UFC 114, offered this quote:
"I never had any pressure like this in my whole fighting career. Me having this damn movie. I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie and stuff now."
That was on the night of May 29. We'll spend the next two weeks, right up until the June 11 release date for "The A-Team," hearing about how awesome the movie and how much fun he had filming it.
Does anyone really think Rampage will regret being attached to what will surely be the No. 1 movie at the box office that weekend?
This was just a post-fight reaction from Rampage. Not an excuse, per se, just a few quotes made in the short thereafter following a loss to his bitter rival after a year of build-up.
There is something to the notion of ring rust, without a doubt, and not fighting since March 2009 certainly qualifies as ring rust.
But don't take Rampage seriously about regretting doing the movie. When he wakes up Sunday morning and his mohawk is all over the entertainment world that entire day, he'll feel quite all right about starring as B.A. Baracus in "The A-Team."
Let's just hope his movie contract includes points on the back end of box-office receipts. Then he'll feel real nice. Forget fight of the night bonuses. Percentage points of a summer blockbuster will make up for that.