Five Careers Rampage Jackson Should Consider After UFC
Five Careers for Rampage Jackson After UFC
Changing careers is never an easy part of life. You spend years developing a craft that has brought you so much success, but even more so, a sense of purpose. But alas, life throws you a curve ball and you find yourself on a new path, anxious because of the untold future before you. Some of us welcome this experience with fear and hopelessness and some of us welcome this with great optimism.
Professional athletes have to deal with their inevitable retirements and I can only imagine how scary that would be. Pro athletes spend their entire adult lives becoming something almost more than human. When the day comes that you have to walk away from that kind of power and fame, where do you turn to? Fortunately, being a famous pro athlete has its perks and finding an alternative career path can be easy.
Recently, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson retired from the UFC. Jackson no longer felt he was a fighter in his prime and decided perhaps he should consider a career shift. Jackson has considered taking steps towards other forms of combat sports, such as boxing or kickboxing. The way I see it, the sky is the limit for Jackson. Jackson has plenty of career options, where he can be just as influential as he was in the UFC. I believe that wherever Jackson decides to take his career next, he will be a success.
I’ve been tinkering with the idea of some potential career opportunities Jackson may consider after his time with the UFC. Here are five career opportunities that Jackson should consider, now that he is no longer with the UFC.
Jackson has expressed interest in potentially entering the world of professional boxing. In the Octagon, Jackson had a lot of power behind his hands and it could translate well into boxing. When things in MMA weren’t working that well for Kimbo Slice, he switched to boxing. As a boxer, Slice has had a lot of success. However, to be fair, Slice’s opponents were nothing top tier, but still an undefeated record is hard to ignore.
As an MMA fighter, Jackson has scored a lot of victories via punches. If Jackson can translate his skills as an MMA fighter to boxing, he may find success as Slice has. Granted, Jackson may not be good enough to take on top tier fighters, but he can still take on lower tier fighters and eventually make a name for himself.
It makes all the sense in the world for a former pro athlete to consider a role in film or television. Pro athletes, especially fighters, are big, imposing and athletic and the general public is use to seeing them in action. Jackson has already had a starring role in a major film, The A-Team. Aside from his major film role, Jackson has had plenty of credits in smaller film productions, television and has even done some voice over work.
Jackson has the chops to be an action star. If Jackson really pursued a career in films, I think he could find a lot of success. UFC middleweight Cung Le has found success in film and television so why shouldn’t Jackson? I would love to see Jackson reprise his role as B.A. Baracus.
In high school, Jackson was a collegiate wrestling star and considered a career in pro wrestling after high school. However, Jackson continued his collegiate wrestling career and ultimately wound up in MMA. I often wondered what would’ve happened if Jackson decided to actually pursue pro wrestling after high school? Who knows, maybe Jackson would’ve had the greatest ring name of all-time; “Rampage Luscious Jackson”. But Jackson opted for a career in MMA, which turned out pretty well.
Now that Jackson is no longer with the UFC, maybe it’s time to fulfill a potential lifelong dream. Jackson already has appeared as a guest host on WWE Raw. It would be awesome to see him regularly as a wrestler on Raw. Jackson’s got the charisma and the athleticism to be a great pro wrestler.
Compete in Bellator
Just because Jackson has left the UFC, doesn’t mean he has to leave MMA altogether. There are still plenty of MMA promotions around for Jackson to make a new home in. When Strikeforce still existed, it acted as a home for declining UFC fighters. With Strikeforce just a memory, the next promotion down would be Bellator for Jackson to compete in. Bellator is a rising MMA promotion with a ton of young talent.
If Jackson decides to continue a career in MMA, Bellator would be the best place to do so. It would give Jackson a platform to fight professionally and still be in the public eye. Not to mention having a legendary fighter like Jackson could draw an even bigger audience for Bellator.
Become an MMA Analyst
Many pro athletes become analysts after their best days are behind them. After all, who is the most qualified person to analyze sports than a professional athlete? If Jackson decides not to compete in combat sports, he could make the transition into broadcasting. The world of MMA could always use more analysts and broadcasters who were fighters.
Broadcasting has worked out pretty well for Kenny Florian, who currently co-hosts “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV. Jackson has had years and years of experience in MMA and is a great entertainer. It would be a great way for Jackson to stay involved in MMA and a great way to pursue a career with many opportunities.