Jackson starred opposite “TUF 2” winner Rashad Evans as a rival coach on “TUF 10,” which drew record views, courtesy the addition of street fight icon Kevin Ferguson. Jackson and Evans had plenty of heated altercations during the show, adding to its lure.
However, Jackson’s team didn’t find much success with only one fighter, Marcus Jones, progressing beyond the first round. So, when “Rampage” destroyed the gym door after Scott Junk’s majority decision loss against Matt Mitrione, fans assumed the reason to be overall frustration. However, Jackson claims there were more serious grievances that led to that moment.
“Do you know why I was so pissed on that show? I had done that season with Rashad but I did it with Forrest [Griffin] first [on TUF 7]. I’m going to keep it 100, I thought it was racism. I did. The way they were treating me and my team, I thought it was racism,” said Jackson.
“OK, I’m used to that; I’m from the south. But with Rashad, the same sht happened again. I’m like, ‘Man, this can’t be racism?’ I don’t always speak up about racism if I think somebody’s being racist because you could be wrong, and I was wrong that time. It wasn’t. It was because they wanted the coach to win that came from the show and my fighters were telling me, ‘Man, we got to write down on a list what we want. Healthy food and stuff like that.’ They’d never get it, or it would take three or four days to get it. With other teams, they write something down, they got it right away, but if we write down, we want some liquor, we got that sht within hours.”
Jackson also claims to have approached producers regarding the request delays for his team but to no avail. Winner of the season Roy Nelson, who was on the podcast with Jackson, also recollected instances when fighters from the opposing team requested him to put down their items on his list. Junk’s loss to Mitrione was the final nail in the coffin for Jackson, who believes the decision should have gone the other way.
“It was a real close fight and I felt like they cheated my fighter, that’s why I destroyed that door,” Jackson said. “I was trying to leave the room; I knew I was losing my temper. I said, ‘Man, I finna fu*k this whole room up. Let me get out of here.’ They were cheating my team.”
“I thought the fight was so close, if they didn’t give it to my guy, they should have at least had another round.”