Quinton Jackson Looking Forward to Moving From His UFC Career
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.23.2013
Jackson thinks its been a bad relationship since The A-Team...
Soon to be MMA free agent Quinton "Rampage" Jackson recently spoke this week about his feelings on leaving the UFC at a media scrum and looking forward to the next chapter of his career. Here is what Jackson had to say about his future in fighting. Jackson faces Glover Teixeira on Saturday, January 26 at UFC on Fox 6:
How he go to another MMA promotion or take boxing fights for the right offer: "I think I can bring to boxing what they're lacking right now. All we really have is (Manny) Pacquiao and (Floyd) Mayweather, in my opinion. We don't have any (Evander) Holyfields and Mike Tyson right now. I think I can bring that type of energy to boxing."
How his gripes are not a ploy to get a better offer for a new deal with the UFC and how he feels the UFC disrespected him: "I don't think there's anything that they could do now. I've given them chances. I don't want to badmouth them. (UFC President) Dana (White) once upon a time gave me a big break and he helped me out when he first purchased my contract. But it's no secret, ever since I did the A-Team movie and I didn't fight Rashad Evans in Memphis, we've had a bad relationship."
His thoughts on his claim of UFC blocking Rampage from wearing Reebok apparel in the cage for his last UFC fight and later UFC claiming they'd be open to working with Reebok: "Reebok doesn't care. They're bigger than the UFC. They said they liked me. They didn't care about the UFC. If they wanted to sponsor the UFC, they would have come after the UFC. Reebok came after me and sponsored me."
Jackson on why he wants to leave and how being badmouthed after his loss at UFC 144 was the last straw: "I can go with my savings and go back to Memphis and have a regular life with family and kids and stuff. Let people that take advantage of me tell me my pay-per-view numbers did this number, but then tell the press that the pay-per-view numbers did higher. I'd rather make less money then feel like I went out there and put my life on the line and feel like I got cheated out of pay-per-view numbers...Sometimes, you've got to look in the mirror and stand up for yourself. UFC is a huge platform, and that's part of the problem. When you have that big of a platform and you've got the market monopolized like that, you can say take it or leave it."
Why he is looking forward to his fight with Teixeira: "That's the only day I have fun. Whether I win or lose, that's me out there letting go. Because training ain't fun."