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After grueling training sessions, press obligations, contract negotiations, and the actual fight, you really can’t blame a guy for wanting to avoid the MMA world when the job is done. But there comes a point where going off the grid leaves you in the dark. That’s where Quinton “Rampage” Jackson finds himself now that he’s nearing the end of his UFC tenure and looking to new opportunities. He recently spoke to Tatame about his upcoming opponent, Glover Teixeira, and offered some thoughts on his future:
“This is my very last fight in UFC of my contract, so I’m start seeing what’s out there, what other company wants me to fight for it.”
Evidently Rampage so avoids the fight world that he’s unaware the UFC bought PRIDE in 2007, dissolved the WEC, and purchased Strikeforce last year. That leaves Bellator, where Rampage would make a fraction of what he makes in the UFC, the regional circuit, where he would make a fraction of that fraction, and Japan, where he would get a nice contract but never actually get paid. But hey, those fans appreciate him, so maybe that’s all he needs.
Nope it’s pretty clear Rampage is referring to boxing, where guys actually fight. Fuck all this wrasslin’ and jiu jitsu shit. Somebody please send this man Nick Diaz’s phone number. Maybe Nick can explain to Rampage that you don’t just walk into boxing and make Floyd Mayweather money. You have to prove yourself a top contender, and that rarely happens with 34 year old cross-over athletes. Maybe he can be that one in a million guy, who knows, and I do wish him the best in all his endeavors, but I’d bet a testicle, the right one, that Rampage is back in the UFC within a year.