Rampage considers move to boxing
On Jan. 26 former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson fights Glover Teixeira, and plans to leave the UFC.
“I’ve given [UFC] time to keep me happy,” said Jackson. “Honestly, I think the UFC is happy with me leaving. It’s a mutual thing.”
Competing in smaller MMA promotions is possible, but Jackson has a grander scheme — taking his knockout skills to the boxing ring.
He won’t have to worry about anyone taking him to the ground in a boxing match, and Jackson gets to throw as many punches as he wants.
“I’ve put my time in. I did my thing,” Jackson said. “I just want to entertain people. I want to be very exciting. 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.
Jackson noted that former street fighter-turned-mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice has also made the switch to boxing.
One promoter has already expressed interest.
“Absolutely, I’d be interested in taking a look at him,” Top Rank vice president of boxing operations Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. “I’m sure he’s a well-conditioned athlete, but boxing’s a different game. I’d like to see him in the gym sparring, just to see how he does against professionals before going ahead and just throwing him in a fight.