Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Says He’s One More and Done with the UFC

March 6, 2012
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Is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s time with the UFC coming to a close?

After a series of messages on his Twitter account, it certainly appears that way. The former UFC light heavyweight champion, who has dropped his last two bouts in a row, says that after one more trip to the Octagon he’s exiting the UFC.

And just to clarify, he’s leaving the UFC, not retiring from fighting altogether.

“I will fight whoever they put in front of me, I always have, but it will be my last fight in the UFC,” Jackson wrote. “I have other things on my mind.

“I didn’t say I would be done fighting, I just said I’m not fighting for the UFC (u fight cheap). Said I have other things on my mind (big head).”

From the sound of Jackson’s messages, he’s obviously unhappy with the UFC for both their pay structure as well as advice they are giving him on his career.

He responded to another fan question when quizzed about why he was leaving the UFC, and Jackson stated, “Why should I stay? I don’t need them or anybody else negative dealing with my career.”

This isn’t the first time Rampage has lashed out after a loss in the UFC. Following his defeat to Jon Jones in September 2011, Jackson stated he was considering a career in boxing.

UFC president Dana White threw cold water on the situation after Jackson’s initial statement because he was still under contract with them at the time.

“He’s under contract. He’s not boxing until… I mean, if he wants to box when his contract is up, that’s up to him,” White stated.

Jackson’s current contract situation is unknown, but if he does have only one fight left on his deal, his time with the UFC may indeed be coming to a close.

Regardless, Jackson will be in the UFC for at least one more fight and will then make a decision on where his fighting future will take him.

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  • Pretty sure he retired after the Jon Jones fight…

    • sp

      I say cut him now.. shame on him.

  • Towers66

    Good riddance. Tired of watching him get wrestled down and whooped on. His one dimensional style and cry baby attitude are bad for the sport. He gave up quite some time ago.

  • bajafox

    I’m becoming less and less of a fan of Rampage. You can see he’s lost the killer instinct. Not only that, but bashing the UFC after they stuck with him when he had that mental break down is just unprofessional.

    Hate to say it but good riddance

  • phrankthetank

    I don’t get it, the guy starts TRT and says he feels like he’s in his early 20s. Then he announces he’s done with the UFC after his next fight? Only logical reason is to start boxing I guess. Maybe we’ll see him and Kimbo box each other in the next few years lol

  • zacharydetal

    I think his final fight for the UFC should be against Machida. It seems like that match would make sense.

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  • Anthony

    The last time he looked like the “Pride” Rampage was when he KO’d W.Silva–after that, it seemed as though he fought not to lose instead of trying to take someones head off like back in the day–I couldnt care less if hes done–in my opinion ,hes been done a while now

  • Santz

    Man I use to like this guy, and now I feel the UFC is better off without him! He’s so one dimensional, cries about everything, and moves ridiculously slow now…he’s done! The guy seems like he’s on the brink of another mental breakdown…maybe hearing voices in his head our something…lol!

  • Towers66

    I think thiago silva would be great opponent for him. Seems like that would be fun to watch. Having rampage on a card is no longer something I look forward to. Dana should put him on Facebook portion of the card for his last fight. A little “have a nice career” parting present for being unprofessional and bad mouthing the UFC.

    • Santz

      Well Dana’s done it before…Arlovski. Big name, on the decline, last fight on his contract because he didn’t renew or something so he got stuck in an undercard fight so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.

  • Booker T

    I think I would like to see him fight Mark Hunt. Rampage said he would fight heavyweight.Mark would stand and trade and that’s what Rampage wants.

  • Palelok

    He will surely leave a mark in MMA history for some of the good fights he contributed and entertaining build ups of event in the past.

    How i wish he talks the talk and walks the walk and fight as good as the way he entertains the fans in present.

    I don’t think he deserves Shogun or even Machida, he is just not in the same league anymore, for old times sake let Tito and Rampage fight before they both leave the UFC or have him fight Vera to see who awakens first from their long sleep.

  • jared499

    Hate to say, but I agree with most of these comments. I would just cut him, not like he is a huge draw anymore. Why give him another chance to make half a million (all monies considered). If the pay is so bad, then go fight someplace else for more money, where is what I can not figure out. If he does go to boxing, it is not like he would get a huge matchup, he would be a side show event (Kimbo style) he is too old to work he way up the ladder if he thinks he is that good, which he is not.

    If they decide to keep him for the final fight then I agree that he does not deserve anyone in the top 7 LHW’s, maybe some like Vera or Alexander Gustafsson, that would either wake up Vera or be a nice name on Gustafsson’s record.

    Either way, Rampage checked out long ago and I for one don’t care to see him in the UFC again. After the UFC stuck with him though all the crap after the Forrest fight, the A-Team movie and promotions, and the fact that he has lost 3 of his last 5 fights, he has the nerve to bad mouth the UFC, well as the article said “bite the hands that feed you” and well you might get put down.

  • Lesnardo

    I am not sure if Rampage ever had the killer instinct.

    Pretty much he was pushed out of PRIDE by Wanderlei and Shogun. And his biggest win in the UFC is KOing Liddell.

    There has been a lot of hype surrounding this guy. And he is a legend no doubt. But I never saw him as the top dog.

  • Lesnardo

    Rampage vs Shogun II for the retirement figth!!!

  • kneedleskane

    He got beat by Forrest The worest MMA fighter ever…

  • Rampage is just venting about not getting paid even though he put his ass on the line hurt. He is on the tail end of his career anyway so the UFC wouldn’t be sad to see him go. Just give him the Shogun fight so Shogun can retire him the right way.

    Check out this article about Rampage http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/news/rampage-jackson-will-walk-away-from-ufc-one-more-fight/