MMA legend Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is set to settle a grudge that has been gestating for 14 years.
Jackson walked away from the sport in 2019 following a decisive loss at the hands of heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 237. Four years later, ‘Rampage’ is set to return under the United Fight League banner for one last fight against a man he’s wanted to throw hands with for more than a decade.
“The promotor [of UFL] wanted me to fight,” Jackson revealed on the JAXXON podcast. “I was like, ‘OK, I’ll come back and fight grudge matches only.’ So, I’m going to fight ‘Titties’ from The Ultimate Fighter. He just signed the contract, like yesterday or today for December. Yeah, I’ll be in shape. By that time, I’ll be 230, hopefully, and I’ll fight ‘Titties.’”
For those unfamiliar, ‘Titties’ is former Ultimate Fighter contestant Darrill Schoonover. He competed on the 10th season of the long-running reality series with ‘Rampage’ and Rashad Evans acting as coaches for the season’s group of heavyweight prospects.
Throughout filming, Jackson bullied Schoonover relentlessly, nicknaming him ‘Titties’ in an effort to mock his heavy-set build. The pair were at odds during Schoonover’s tenure on the show with things nearly getting physical at one point.
‘Rampage’ Admits to Feeling Bad About the Torment He Put ‘Titties’ Through
As for how ‘Rampage’ managed to get Schoonover to sign on the dotted line, he said:
“The way I got ‘Titties’ to fight was, I told him, ‘Look, if you beat me, I will never call you ‘Titties’ again. And he was like, ‘OK, let’s do this.’”
During one of the more heated moments of the season, ‘Rampage’ grabbed Schoonover’s chest in a demeaning manner. That prompted Schoonover to shove Jackson. Both men engaged in a heated staredown before being separated by their castmates.
“He hates my guts because of that, and I feel bad,” Jackson said. “People from The Ultimate Fighter, they say, ‘You’re a bully.’ Honestly, I’m not a bully. I felt like that was entertainment. It’s a reality show. I like to be funny. I’ve got to make people laugh to keep coming back and watching the episodes. For me, it was just entertainment. At first he liked the name and then it stuck, his own teammates started calling him that, and I was the worst guy ever.”