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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