Rampage Jackson Says He Will Retire "As Soon As Movies Start Paying More Than Fighting"Posted on May 9, 2011, 08:34 AM by Anton Gurevich
"As soon as movies start paying me more than I make to fight, I'm gone. It don't hurt to make movies. It don't hurt that bad. Everyday I train. Everyday I'm like, 'Man, I can't wait until I get another big movie.
Hell yeah, you can't fight forever," Jackson said. "I don't have the type of blood has. I give it up to him. I take my hate off to that guy, but I'm not that guy. I don't plan on fighting until I'm 40. And I'm not . I'm not coming to work inside the UFC office when I retire. That's not me. I'm an entertainer, I like making people laugh. I like doing movies, action moves and stuff like that. I might even try to be a comedian one day, who knows?
I wanna keep going after I get done fighting. Some fans are kinda selfish, they don't understand I got four kids that gotta be put through college and everything. MMA don't have an MMA pension. They don't pay you once you retire. I got bills, I gotta keep going." - Matt Hamill (via MMAMania)
A sign of things to come? Rampage already announced his retirement back in September, 2009 due to a "mistreatment by the UFC", but was eventually convinced by Dana White and MMA fans around the world to return against the arch nemesis Rashad Evans at UFC 114. Thirty-two year old Jackson is currently 31-8 in his illustrious MMA career, with number of notable victories over top-tier Light Heavyweights. Quinton Jackson won the UFC Light Heavyweight title by Knocking Out Chuck Liddell at UFC 71, but lost it via a Unanimous Decision against Forrest Griffin at UFC 86. In his next fight, Jackson will square off against Matt Hamill on the main card of UFC 130 (May 28th), with sights on getting one step closer to a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title.
Photo: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, left, gets a hug from UFC owner Lorenzo Fertita during the weigh-ins for UFC 86 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 4, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker