A wise man once said, “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” That country song certainly hits home with a certain UFC Tennessean, as former light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson claims to know exactly when quitting time is.
“I’ve always said I’ll retire when I’m 35. I don’t want to fight past 35,” Jackson told ESPN. “There are young guys coming in and doing good. I’ve been fighting for a long time and it’s no secret that I don’t fight the same way I used to.”
Rampage has made it clear from the jump that it’s all about money for him. In fact, the 32-year-old previously professed he was no longer interested in reclaiming the title because of the responsibilities that go along with being the company’s champion. He is simply intrigued with pocketing the large purses that surround championship fights.
A lot of wear and tear has been put on his body throughout his accomplished 31-8 career. With over 11 years of professional competition under his belt, the light at the end of the tunnel beams brighter following every fight.
“I’ve got a lot of injuries, one or two things that bother me. But when I’m fighting, the injuries don’t bother me, it’s the training that gets old,” he added. “Going through each camp I go through all these pains and think, ‘Man, I don’t want to do this anymore.’ But after the fight I say, ‘OK, I’ll give it one more.’ So who knows?
“But at 35 I’m done.”
Rampage meets Matt Hamill at UFC 130 on May 28th. The show takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.