Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s (Pictured) submission loss this past Saturday to UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has him contemplating life after MMA. Interestingly enough, the part-time actor isn’t talking about migrating towards the silver screen, but a future inside boxing’s squared-circle.
“I hate fighting people who are scared,” Jackson told the ESPN UFC Podcast. “When you fight somebody who is scared, you never know what they’re going to do. They turn and run.
“That’s why I’m gonna go to boxing. I’m gonna try boxing because they’ve got to stand with you. If I get knocked out, I don’t care because at least it’s a fight.
Rampage owns an impressive 32-9 professional mixed martial arts record and became the sport’s first undisputed 205-pound champion when he unified the PrideFC and UFC belts in September 2007. Although he comes from a wrestling background, the charismatic fighter believes he’s found his next calling.
“I’ve tried a lot of boxing,” Rampage added. “I’m falling in love with boxing and I know I can put butts on seats over there.”
The UFC acquired Rampage’s rights when they purchased World Fighting Alliance in December of 2006. No word on how many bouts the 33-year-old has remaining on his current deal with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
In regards to his immediate Octagon career, Rampage would like to compete in the UFC’s Japan show on February 26th. Although he called for a rematch against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the Brazilian’s calendar is full and a mulligan with Forrest Griffin has started to circulate through the rumor mill.