Quinton Jackson is a true MMA icon. His name is forever etched in the history books of PRIDE and UFC. After gaining massive fame in the legendary Japanese promotion, "Rampage" joined the UFC. In May 2007, he knocked out Chuck Liddell to win the light heavyweight title.
He defended the title two and a half months later, defeating Dan Henderson by unanimous decision. Despite his success in the UFC, Jackson still harbors a grudge against UFC President Dana White. He believes that White took advantage of him financially on several occasions.
"At the end of the day, I have to respect Dan because he's a businessman, but he's taken a lot of food out of my mouth. He's done it multiple times, from the Reebok contract, to my paycheck, look at my contract after I fought Chuck Liddell.
I stand plus 100%, he robbed me of a lot of money!” the 45-year-old American said on the JAXXON podcast.
The case of Reebok
Jackson previously spoke about the "Reebok case." Prior to the UFC's deal with Reebok in 2014, Jackson had his own sponsorship deal with the brand.
He was not allowed to wear Reebok shorts in the UFC Octagon because Reebok did not pay the UFC a fee. This restriction significantly reduced Jackson's income from Reebok. After the UFC signed its exclusive contract with Reebok, Jackson, like all other fighters, was forced to wear only Reebok clothing.
He was not happy about this change and believes that the UFC essentially stole his Reebok sponsorship.
UFC unfair to fighters
Jackson also feels the UFC unfairly gave him a less lucrative contract after the title fight with Liddell.
This, he believes, is another example of White taking advantage of him. His criticism of White is not new, but it has intensified in recent months. He is not alone in his complaints; many other fighters have spoken out about the UFC's unfair pay practices.
White defended the UFC's salary structure, arguing that it was necessary to ensure the organization's financial stability. However, many fighters believe they are not fairly compensated for their contributions to the UFC's success.
The debate over fighter pay is likely to continue for some time. Jackson's comments reignited the discussion and put pressure on White and the UFC to address their fighters' concerns.