Frustrated “Rampage” Jackson Planning Transition into Pro Boxing?
By FCF Staff
Although Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was humble in defeat and was quick to credit UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones for his fourth round, submission win over him at UFC 135 last weekend, the former champion is not only unhappy with how the fight unfolded, but evidently, the sport of MMA . While speaking on the ESPN UK podcast following the loss, Jackson revealed the extent of his frustration, by stating that he plans on transitioning into professional boxing.
“I hate fighting people who are scared. When you fight somebody who is scared you never know what they’re going to do. They turn and run. He was crawling on the cage.”
“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.”
The accompanying ESPN UK article reports that Jackson fully intends to complete his current UFC contract. Following his September 24th loss to Jones, “Rampage” expressed his desire to rematch Mauricion “Shogun” Rua at the UFC’s upcoming February event in Japan.
Although it remains to be seen whether Jackson is indeed serious about leaving MMA for boxing, the 33 year-old-veteran added in the ESPN interview that he’s “falling in love with boxing” and that he’s confident he can “put butts on seats” in the sport.
Jackson has put aside his MMA career in the past to pursue acting, and has often been frank about the fact that much of his motivation to train and compete at this stage of his career is financially driven.
While Jackson incurred relatively little damage in his recent fight with Jones and demonstrated effective head movement, the Pride veteran was largely unable to negate the champion’s reach advantage and land any substantive strikes. After Jones took Jackson down to the mat in the fourth round, he quickly secured the fight ending choke.
The loss to Jones came after Jackson (32-9) scored back-to-back wins over former champion Lyoto Machida and more recently Matt Hamill, to earn another title shot.