Former UFC light-heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has always been honest about the reason he competes in MMA. In a UFC 130 pre-fight interview held on May 25, Rampage announced his plans to retire by 35:
“I made my mind up when I first started fighting that I wasn’t going to fight past 35. When I hit 35, I feel like I’ll be an old man in this sport, I always wanted to retire at 35, but if need be, I’ll keep fighting. I keep it real about what’s driving me to do what I do. I want to put my little sister through college and I want what’s best for her, I want my mom to drive a nice car and live in a nice house, and I want my dad to have the same. So, if I’m 35 and it’s necessary for me to fight, I will. But I would like to retire at 35 to do other things.”
Rampage is one of the true veterans of MMA who started when the sport was still in its developmental stages. Rampage is one of the few old-school fighters that has been fortunate enough to cash in on MMA’s recent successes. Rampage’s personality as a fighter has helped him spread out to other branches of entertainment like acting, and the 32 year old MMA fighter even got a starring role in the 2010 remake of “The A Team.”
How successful Rampage will be as an actor is anyone’s guess, but his popularity as a fighter should help him land some roles. Most Hollywood roles that require big muscled men don’t require that much acting, so in terms of skills Rampage shouldn’t be that far behind the pack.
For now, Jackson’s main concern is getting past Matt Hamill at UFC 130. Hamill is currently on a five fight winning streak (really 4-1 in his last five fights since Jon Jones completely dominated him before being disqualified) and is trying to work his way up the light-heavyweight rankings. A win over Hamill should move Jackson closer to a title shot against Jones.