Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is considering giving boxing a shot. The 33-year-old MMA veteran lost a recent attempt to reclaim the UFC’s light-heavyweight title on Sept. 24, getting submitted by current champion Jon Jones in the fourth round.
“I hate fighting people who are scared,” Jackson said in an interview with ESPN. “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. I’ve tried a lot of boxing, I’m falling in love with boxing and I know I can put butts on seats over there.”
Jackson, who is known for his solid hands, should be able to enjoy some success in boxing. However, it wouldn’t be realistic to expect Jackson to compete with top level boxers. Striking in MMA and boxing are still worlds apart.
“Rampage” still has a few more MMA fights left in him, and I for one would rather see him compete in the UFC. While some took Jackson’s loss to Jon Jones at UFC 135 as a sign his MMA career was over, it was really just the beginning of Jones’ era. Jones will probably hold on to the light-heavyweight title for quite some time, forcing others in the division to compete for second place.
“Rampage” still has a few entertaining fights left in the UFC, and I wouldn’t mind watching Jackson and Machida get it on sometime in the future.
Boxing does offer bigger payouts, and it’s hard to blame MMA fighters that are drawn to the sweet science. Jackson certainly has the right attitude, and his chin is rock solid.