The coolest thing about Rampage playing B.A. Baracus from The A-Team is Rampage playing B.A. Baracus from the A-Team. If you told me that during TUF 10 you didn’t picture Rampage with a mo-hawk and a feather in his ear, then I know I could never trust you to tell the truth. I wonder what the over/under is on Rampage practicing his ‘I pity the fool’ in front of a bathroom mirror. That’s money I’m willing to wager (and lose…again).
The truth is Rampage Jackson pulling out of UFC 107 for his role in the remake of The A-Team (has rawesome written all over it) removes the possibility of the UFC counter-programming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers with another live MMA bout. Fedor makes his Strikeforce debut November 7th, a full week before SpikeTV’s free broadcast of the (hopefully live) UFC 105 card. With UFC 104 going down on October 24th, expect Spike TV to re-broadcast this card in an effort to steal some of CBS’s primetime viewers. But what do I know about network deals and counter-programming? I’m just a dude that listen’s to Moorcheba and makes impossible to determine bets like who would win in a grappling contest between a anaconda and a polar bear (true story…somehow I lost also). It’s best to let Dana White vent on Rampage pulling out of UFC 107 to get a better understanding on the physics behind counter-programming:
“Thanks to [expletive] B.A. Baracus, I couldn’t [expletive] pull it off…B.A. [expletive] me. The collateral damage that was done by him doing this thing was unbelievable.”
“You have no idea how much collateral damage was done by [Jackson] pulling out of this thing. It literally screwed up the rest of our year. We’ve got B.J. Penn fighting in Memphis, you know what I mean?”
“What happens is, [Jackson] calls up and says he’s doing this movie. I said, ‘No, you’re not. You’re going to fight Rashad in December. You do whatever you want to do after this fight. You want to retire and become an actor? You want to join the monastery? I don’t care what you do after this fight, but ‘Rampage,’ you’re going to fight this fight.’
“He said, ‘OK.’ Then he had his manager fly in from England and met me at the hangar before I was leaving to go out of town to tell me that he wasn’t going to (fight Evans). [Rampage] and I haven’t talked since.”
So what does that mean for us? Well it means we get another Dana White quote to add to our collection at the Dana White Library of Literary Lingustics (best name ever). [Source]