By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Fresh off of his epic trash-talking battle with Rashad Evans, UFC light heavyweight contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has found himself in the midst of more verbal warfare with a very different, albeit capable (in his own way) opponent – hip-hop musician The Game.
The drama between the professional cage fighter and rap superstar stems from their competition over the role of B.A. Baracus in the “A-Team” movie that was released in theaters back in June.
The Game claims Rampage started the war-of-words in a recent radio interview, while in the interview itself (which can be heard here) Rampage claims The Game fired the first shot by trash-talking him in an interview following his loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 114, also inspired by sour feelings for losing out on the B.A. Baracus film role.
As you can hear in the aforementioned interview clip, Rampage held nothing back in letting the rap star know his feelings about him in general, as well as his acting ability as it pertains to the A-Team project. He even brought up Game's old appearance on the dating television show “Change Of Heart” (you can watch that infamous clip here).
Oh yeah, he went there alright. And the same way fellow rapper/actor 50 Cent touched a nerve with the “Change Of Heart” move, Rampage touched on something as well. This is proven by the latest shot fired in the Rampage vs. Game saga, as The Game runs down Jackson in a recent message on his official Twitter page.
“Rampage Jackson is an Orange County “HOUSE WIFE”. I'm from the streets champ, I mean chump !!! Lose lips sink ships……. #checkyaself,” stated the current king of west coast hip-hop music. Game followed up by saying, “You a wrestler…….. so go wrestle n!gga. Cuz if sumn happen to you out here, they lookin for me.. so keep it entertainment VALLEY N!GGA.”
Tough words from a guy amazingly out of his league in this one. Unless Game plans on using gang tactics to resolve his “beef” with Rampage (for beating him out in a movie audition — ya know, the same type of incident that starts the majority of the underworld violence in the U.S.) he's fighting a battle that he simply can't win.
The only way Game wins a trash-talking battle with the former UFC champion is if Rampage is forced to make all of his statements rhyme. Even then, Rampage is only a few small adjustments away from being the modern-day version of Muhammad Ali, so even that isn't a guarantee. If Game wants to fall back on the machismo side of hip-hop culture and say “screw talking, I'll just whoop your ass,” we all know his chances in that scenario. Rampage does too. The Memphis native challenged the Compton resident to a battle of both worlds: Rampage said he would have a rhyme battle with Game if Game would step into a cage and spar with Rampage.
Obviously it would never happen, but in the always-evolving world of MMA, in a time where “freak-show fights” are a current topic with Randy Couture vs. James Toney on the books and former WWE wrestlers Batista and Bobby Lashley being talked about for a Strikeforce fight — what's one more freak-show fight? The Bitter Baracus Battle. Run with it. How do those crazy kids say it on the MMA forums? “Dana – make it happen!”