Possibly as a consequence of his age and the time since his final actual struggle, you bought the impression that former UFC gentle heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson is retired.
“Rampage,” nonetheless, now 45, is not fairly achieved but.
“I believe I nonetheless have a number of fights left in me,” Jackson instructed MMA Junkie just lately.
Final April, Jackson (38-14) competed in a “Siamese boxing match” through which he and fellow PRIDE veteran Bob Sapp took on Battle Circus promoter Jon Nutt and his associate Woody. It was purely leisure. None of this was critical.
What’s critical, nonetheless, is Jackson’s need to return to the cage, and he has an concept. An enormous United Battle League supporter of Harrison Rogers, “Rampage” would like to compete on the identical card as his son, Raja Jackson, who is about to make his skilled MMA debut in August.
The final time Jackson competed was in December 2019, when he entered the cage visibly out of form and was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko within the first spherical of their heavyweight bout at Bellator 237. It was Jackson’s first knockout loss in 14 years and seemingly marked the tip of his storied profession.
“I by no means formally retired. I simply have not fought since COVID,” Jackson mentioned. “Will probably be 4 years in December. It is the longest break I’ve ever taken. I need to assist promote the UFL, and I believe possibly the very best factor I can do is struggle for them.
As for who Jackson want to return to, a fifth struggle with Wanderlei Silva, a rivalry that dates again to 2003. They break up their earlier 4 fights, with Silva successful the primary two in PRIDE (2003 and 2004) and Jackson demanding his rematch in UFC (2008) and Bellator (2018).
“I assumed Wanderlei and I nonetheless have some enterprise to settle as a result of we’re tied 2-2,” Jackson mentioned. “…I do not know. Wanderlei has been knocked out twice (by me). I believe he is most likely had sufficient, so I can not see him accepting a (fifth) struggle from me. However cash talks. I am certain if somebody provided him an enormous amount of cash, he’d be down.
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