Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s final UFC fight is set to take place on Friday, here in the Windy City, to face the ever fearsome Glover Teixeira. Jackson has given us many great fights in the Octagon; beating the legendary Chuck Lidell and Lyoto Machida. Not only that, but Jackson’s the only man to make B.A. Baracus look more bad ass than Mr. T. Jackson has given his fans almost everything and more. So what’s next for the former Light Heavyweight Champ?
Jackson had somewhat of a love hate relationship with the UFC. Jackson has often felt he deserved matches he never received. Yet the pinnacle of Jackson’s success can be attributed to the UFC. By the same token, Jackson hadn’t always been a model fighter for the UFC, albeit an incredibly skilled one at that.
With Jackson’s departure less than a week; what’s next for this modern day gladiator? Well Jackson is certainly not shying away from combat sports.
“Maybe I want to try some boxing or do some kickboxing. I’ve done Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, wrestling tournaments, kickboxing fights-but never boxing. I think that would be my biggest challenge-to see if I can be a pro boxer.”
It would be a crying shame if Jackson retired from combat sports. Jackson is only 34 and is an extremely skilled, athletic fighter. If Jackson wants to pursue boxing, more power to him.
How would Jackson favor in pro boxing? I think he could do pretty well against lower tier opponents, but I have serious reservations believing he could compete with the best. Boxing and MMA are worlds away and at 34, the transition would be difficult. Still, if Jackson does make his way to boxing; I wish him well.