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Morning Report: Dana White fires back at ‘delusional’ Jon Fitch, Rampage Jackson

By all accounts, Jon Fitch is a contented man these days. Yet as he prepares to make his debut under the WSOF banner, a promotion which couldn’t be more thrilled to employ his services, it was inevitable that Fitch would be asked to reflect back on his roller coaster nine-year stint within the UFC umbrella. From very early on, I was fighting for my job every single fight, Fitch said on a Thursday conference call. They made it very clear that they didn’t like me or want me around. I’m proud of my history, I’m proud of what I’ve done. I’m even more proud of what I’ve done under the circumstances. It’s not easy to be successful in a hostile work environment. Anyone who’s worked in any profession that had to go through that knows that for a fact. I feel like I have double the wins because of the circumstances that I fought against. Fitch went on to note several behind-the-scenes examples which led him to feel perennially unappreciated, and more importantly, unwanted. Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for Fitch’s criticisms to reach the ears of UFC President Dana White, who responded with his usual tact. In the time Jon Fitch was with us, we paid him $302,000 in discretionary bonuses — $302,000, White explained to MMA Junkie. That’s money that me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) decided to give him above and beyond the deal that he signed. He also made $130,000 on performance bonuses for his two ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses. That’s a hostile work environment? Everything that Jon Fitch said is complete and total bulls–t. He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls–t. Jon Fitch is so full of s–t. He’s f–king delusional, White continued. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s–t out of him, did we treat him differently or anything? … He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f–kin’ dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f–king opportunities has he not been given? White noticeably omitted the fact that Fitch was denied a second promised shot at the title after defeating Thiago Alves in a No. 1 contender bout at UFC 117, and then cut from the roster despite being ranked No. 9 on the UFC’s own official rankings, but by that point he was already revved up and going. So when the topic turned to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Rampage Jackson, who recently inked a multiplatform deal with Viacom, it didn’t take long for White to address Jackson’s own grievances. Jackson’s relationship with the UFC could be described as tenuous at best since he took a year off of fighting to star as B.A. Baracus in a Hollywood remake of The A-Team. And while the former champ’s criticisms spanned far and wide, everything from pay to perceived slights, White noted that Rampage, just like Fitch, was full of s–t. He lost his love of fighting a long time ago, White concluded. He wanted to be a movie star. The movie star thing didn’t work out, so fighting is where he makes his money. Unfortunately, he’s unhappy about that. That’s not my fault. 5 MUST-READ STORIES Fitch talks UFC, WSOF. Reflecting back on his tenure with the UFC, Jon Fitch said he is proud of what he was able to accomplish fighting within such a hostile work environment, but is now eager to the start of the second half of his career with WSOF. White responds. UFC President Dana White wasted little time responding to Fitch’s criticism, telling MMA Junkie that the delusional fighter received over $400,000 in non-contracted compensation during his UFC tenure. White also had words for Quinton Rampage Jackson, stating that it wasn’t his fault Jackson lost his love of fighting a long time ago. UFC on FUEL 10 dissections. Preview Saturday’s entire UFC on FUEL 10 fight card with comprehensive breakdowns courtesy of Dallas Winston. Cornelius out. A last-second knee injury forced Keenan Cornelius to withdraw from his scheduled match against Victor Estima at Metamoris II. Cornelius’ teammate, Jonathan JT Torres, has been tapped as a late replacement. Spong booked for WSOF 4. Kickboxing superstar Tyrone Spong is expected to make his MMA return on August 10, 2013 at WSOF 4, according to promotion president Ray Sefo. MEDIA STEW Rampage Jackson made his TNA debut last night, in case you’re into that sort of thing. More pros picking Big Nog than Werdum? I honestly didn’t see that one coming. Yesterday we brought you Big Nog’s second pro fight. Today, Fabricio Werdum’s professional debut back in 2002. Pretty amazing to see how far he’s come. (For the lazy, fight starts at 1:50.) What’s Valentijn Overeem up to these days? Oh, just starring in a music video by Europe’s #1 Gangsta Rapper, CHG aka Cold and Hot Gloom. No joke. Props to ”@MikeBohnMMA for the f…

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