Rampage Jackson Insists He’s Not Done Fighting, He’s Just Done with the UFC

January 27, 2013
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Glover Teixeira vs Rampage Jackson at UFC on Fox 6Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has always had an up-and-down relationship with the UFC. He’s been in trouble and out of trouble. He’s been a champion; he’s been a contender trying to scrap his way back to the belt.

One thing he’s hardly ever been, it seems, is happy.

Following Saturday night’s loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC on Fox 6 in Chicago, however, Rampage, while disappointed, appears to be at peace with his lot in life, which he insists no longer includes the UFC. And perhaps that will bring him the happiness he’s missing.

Though he threw everything he had at Teixeira and went out guns-a-blazing, Rampage got beat to the punch, beat to the takedown, and beat to the dominant positions on the mat.

What went wrong?

“Glover did a great job,” Rampage recounted in an interview on the UFC on Fuel TV post-fight show. “He went for submissions. He ground and pounded. That’s MMA at it’s finest.

“Glover was just the better man tonight.”

Losing to the better man when he steps into the Octagon with one of the Top 10 fighters in the world may just be where Rampage sits at this point in his career. He has now lost consecutive bouts to Teixeira, Ryan Bader, and Jon Jones.

Perhaps his days of vying for the title are beyond him now.

While all elite level athletes find that a bitter pill to swallow – most would even go into denial about it – Rampage seems prepared to embrace it and make the most of his life outside of the white-hot UFC spotlight.

“It’s hard to swallow when you get your ass kicked, but it’s part of the job,” he said with raw candor after Teixeira took the fight to him for three straight rounds.

“I been fighting for 13 years and the game has changed a lot. Maybe I’ll just be one of those fighters that come and incite the crowd and be like Gary Goodridge, one of the guys that just come on and put on a great show.

“I’ll be one of those middle range fighters. If I’m a free agent, if a show wants to pick me up, want to put on exciting fights for their fans, I’m their guy.”

At 34 years of age, Rampage is still young for a fighter that has been competing professionally for 13 years with more than 40 MMA bouts to his credit. But then again, his all-out style does little stave off the wear and tear of so much combat, even of the sporting variety.

In his cloud of disappointment, he sounded much older than the years he is credited with. Most fighters that decide to leave a lengthy UFC tenure in the rear view mirror are doing so with fighting becoming their past, hanging up their gloves for the final time.

Rampage insists that isn’t so with him. He is resolute that he can be content as the entertainer instead of the champion.

“I don’t know if I can compete with the top people in the world (anymore). This is my first time losing three in a row. I’m not gonna give up though,” he said.

“It’s not my last MMA fight. I might try some boxing. But no, I still want to fight; it’s still in my heart.

“I’ve just got a lot of reevaluating to do.”

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  • ayrton

    ksw for rampage will do the trick

    • b-soc

      What is KSW?

  • Timothy Malone

    Wow I’ve rarely seen a fighter be so honest.

  • Advance*

    He seems to think his fights are more exciting than they actually are

  • Tiddy28

    Rampage is a UFC legend, but his last three fights have been terrible performances. I like that he goes ‘all in’ but he hasn’t really been all that close to picking the win in those three fights. It’s a shame he can’t get it done now because he was one of the more feared fighters for a while back in his hay day.

    • Mark McDowall

      I really like Rampage. But I think calling him a “legend in the UFC” may be a bit of a stretch. He came in to the UFC with ALOT of hype behind him and won the belt in his second fight in the UFC when he knocked out Lidell, then he beat Hendo who at the time was more of a MW than a LHW. He then lost the belt to Forrest and went down hill from there. 4-4 in his last 8 fights in the UFC.

      Him bad mouthing the UFC like he did really puts a bad taste in my mouth. When he decided to go ape **** and try and run people over in his truck guess who came to his rescue? The UFC brass! They could have let him rot in jail but they helped him out. The one thing I don’t understand is…what exactly is his beef with the UFC. I don’t remember ever seeing him be specific about what he was mad about.

      He was treated like a god in Japan during the Pride days, as many american fighters are, Bob Sapp anyone? When pride folded he came over to the UFC and he had a decent run in the beginning. I honestly think his ego got the best of him and he thought he was back in Japan and should be treated accordingly. The UFC is going to pay top money to the guys who are winning fights and selling fight card…Rampage’s star just fizzled out a bit so he didn’t get the ridiculous money his ego thought he deserved.

  • GoNoles

    get his cardio up and his tdd on point like it use to be and he will be aite. especially outside the ufc i wouldnt doubt he wins a belt with a bellator or bama type promotion. i forgot the promotions name with sprong but maybe they pick rampage up and put em against sprong for an exciting fight and give sprong a bit of name in mma if he wins and get em closer to the ufc.

    • GoNoles

      spong hah

  • Deadz28

    He needs Juanito Ibarra…..

  • dan

    Like Shogun, Rampage’s knees are done. Once they’re gone, you’ll never be able to train the same again. You cant properly prepare yourself for a fight if you cant get thru workouts anymore. Its sad to see a fighter get robbed by injuries but theres nothing anyone can do. Retire Rampage. Theres not need to go out there and take beatings