Last week Rampage Jackson raised a few eyebrows when he told ESPN UK that he was gonna give up MMA for boxing:
“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.
“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.”
Of course, many people pointed out the obvious issues with this plan: Jackson is too small for heavyweight, wouldn’t be able to make any money at cruiserweight, and has too short of a reach to actually compete against any boxer worth their salt. There’s also a certain irony behind Rampage’s declaration that boxers ‘got to stand with you.’ Maybe Quinton has mixed the sport of boxing up with the fine art of X-Arm fighting?
Dana White weighed in on the subject Saturday night:
“The thing is with Rampage, Rampage got in great shape for that fight. He came in, he fought the best fight he could fight that night and I respect him for that. I respect that he went to Denver and trained as hard as he did, acclimated there. But if you think the grass is greener over in boxing, you need to get out there and talk to some boxers and some guys who have been in the sport for a long time. I’ve been in the sport for a long time and I know a lot of guys. They all wish they could be in the UFC.”
This is probably all much ado about nothing anyways. Catch Rampage on Monday and he’ll tell you he wants to box. Tuesday it’s all Hollywood, baby. Wednesday he wants his belt back!!! Thursday through Sunday is all about the pussy and then Monday we’re onto a new list of dreams and desires. But so long as the UFC keeps calling Rampage once every four to five months with another fight and another payday, he isn’t going anywhere.
Hopefully what happens instead is the exact opposite of what we’re hearing here. If there’s something Rampage needs to do, it’s spend LESS time working his boxing and more time getting back to the Rampage Jackson who used muay thai back in PRIDE and out-wrassled Dan Henderson in the UK. We’ve seen several dimensions of Quinton Jackson over the years, which is why it’s so strange that he’s become the one dimensional Rampage we see now.