The Rampage situation is certainly interesting.How UFC can play the testosterone card against Rampage
Did Dana say that Rampage agreed to the fight? Like I said yesterday, if Rampage won’t accept a renewal, UFC will make sure he is the underdog in the last fight on his deal.
This is entirely about money. Rampage doesn’t want to leave UFC and UFC has rode every PPV draw they ever had until the wheels fell off. Rampage has an extravagant lifestyle to maintain and kids to support. He won’t be gracefully riding off into the sunset.
I am let down that so few understand what this Rampage stuff is about. Dana just delivered a public ultimatum, not an official bout. There is no date and Rampage hasn’t made terms for his release. His contract is up, so all Dana did was designate Shogun to send him off.
‘Dear Rampage, want to publicly negotiate with me? Now everyone expects you to man up and fight Shogun. Go strawberry float yourself.’ – Dana White
I would now make the argument that announced a fight Rampage hasn’t agreed to is poor form, but I don’t want to off as supporting him. Rampage is the epitome of high maintenance. In this instance he bungled a public appeal badly and now UFC has him in a corner.
By announcing the unsigned Rampage/Shogun fight without comment from Rampage, MMA blogs will be helping UFC put him in a corner. Not that Rampage has many options left to respond with. If he says he hasn’t agreed to the fight, the fans will bang on him, not the UFC. If you’re still scoffing about the subtext of public negotiation, where have you been? (Frankie) Edgar just did it. (Anthony) Pettis is doing it right now.
Rampage has three options here. 1) Roll the dice and fight Shogun on UFC’s terms. 2) Renew contract on UFC’s reduced terms. 3) Never fight again.