Ready for Hamill, ‘Rampage’ Planning for Future After Fighting


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
Never let it be said that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson does not have an exit strategy.

In the lead-up to his pivotal UFC 130 confrontation with Matt Hamill, the former UFC 205-pound champion has remarked that he would like to retire by the age of 35 to pursue other endeavors, a statement that he stood by at Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas.

“I made mind up when I first started fighting that I wasn’t going to fight past 35. When I hit 35, I feel like I’ll be an old man in this sport,” Jackson, 32, told the media in attendance.

“I’ve got a lot of things I want to do. I’ve got these finger-paint things I love doing. I’m actually getting good at it now. I made a peacock the other day, and it was very beautiful,” Jackson joked. “So, when I retire, I think I’ll be making a lot of finger-paints and putting them around the house. I might sell some on eBay. If y’all are interested in it, let me know. I’ll make more.”

Finger-painting skills notwithstanding, a more realistic means of income when Jackson’s fighting career concludes might come from his work as an actor. Jackson (Pictured; file photo) has already starred in the 2010 film adaptation of the popular 1980s TV series “The A-Team,” as well as filling a cameo role in a 2006 episode of “The King of Queens.”

Before he reaches full-time actor status, however, Jackson will need to take care of business against Hamill, a heavy-handed, three-time NCAA Division III national wrestling champion who rides a five-fight win streak into their May 28 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“Matt Hamill is a very worthy opponent. He’s a great wrestler and he’s really tough,” said Jackson. “I really enjoy being the underdog most of the time, but I just take fights as they come. Matt can have underdog status this time. I’ll give it to him.”

Though Hamill presents a tough and dangerous test for the former champion, Jackson claimed that he is well-prepared thanks to conquering another battle that has plagued him in the recent past: his weight.

“Coming in a little lighter just helps my weight cut. When I used to fight in Pride, I was a single parent and I used to eat fast food all the time, and I would have to cut 15 pounds before every fight,” explained Jackson. “I really got sick of that over the years, so I got accustomed to just cutting like six pounds since I’ve been in the UFC. But, recently, I’ve been blowing up between my fights and being real lazy. I’m sick and tired of that lifestyle.”

Jackson specifically felt the negative effects of this way of living when he was unexpectedly asked to fight then-light heavyweight champ Mauricio Rua in March after Rashad Evans was forced to withdraw from UFC 128. Out of shape, Rampage declined the offer, a fact that he says served as motivation for his upcoming bout with Hamill.

“I really regret getting heavy after my November fight [with Lyoto Machida], because I couldn't fight ‘Shogun’ when Rashad got injured. That was a kick in the ass for me,” said Jackson. “I was really excited about getting in shape for this fight. I haven’t seen my abs for a long time. When you’re a professional athlete and you’re disgusted when you look in the mirror, that’s embarrassing. So, I’m going to try to keep my weight down.”

With Jackson’s renewed dedication to keeping his waistline in line, the fighter might just extend his self-imposed retirement deadline. However, Jackson asserted that he would continue to fight only out of the desire to provide for his loved ones; his hope remains that he will be able to stick to his own timeline.

“I always wanted to retire at 35, but if need be, I’ll keep fighting. I keep it real about what’s driving me to do what I do. I want to put my little sister through college and I want what’s best for her,” said Jackson. “I want my mom to drive a nice car and live in a nice house, and I want my dad to have the same. So, if I’m 35 and it’s necessary for me to fight, I will. But I would like to retire at 35 to do other things.

“I see so many pro-wrestlers and football players and boxers that don’t have anything after their careers are over. I have kids who I have to look after. I want to put some of them through college, and with some of my kids, I’m going to need lawyers’ fees. Y’all laugh, but it’s true.”

view original article >>

Related News

  • 20 days ago
  • 8 views

When a fighter loses a title fight, he usually has to go back to the drawing board, see what went wrong and figure out how to come back stronger. Some are able to do that very well and get back in title contention quickly. Others, like Frank Mir, don't do so well after a title loss. With more divisions and fighters now than ever before, there are far more title fights and far more title contenders. Some contenders are ready for a second or maybe even a third shot at the belt. Let's see who they more

  • 19 days ago
  • 25 views

Here’s what we know for sure about Ronda Rousey’s future in the Octagon: On Saturday she’ll take on Alexis Davis at UFC 175, she’ll win, and then she’ll take a vacation. Given that she opened as an eye-popping 20-to-1 favorite over Davis, we’d be fools to think anything else about how their fight will go. Rousey will come out of her corner, tinker with a few of the new toys she’s been refining in her striking game and then find a way to finish things, probably on the ground, probably during the more

  • 12 days ago
  • 29 views

The working relationship between Ultimate Fighting Championship and Invicta FC continues to blossom with the announcement that the all-women’s mixed martial arts promotion will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass going forward. more

  • 4 days ago
  • 26 views

After an extensive amateur career, women’s 115-pound prospect Katie Howard turned pro this year with solid results so far. Her next step is at Saturday's CageSport in Washington. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 42 views

MMA Fighting's Esther Lin takes a look back at her most memorable photos during UFC 174 fight week. Music by APM Music. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 29 views

TNA Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter has all the answers when it comes to TNA, but none when it comes to working with Bellator MMA. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 39 views

As reported by Ariel Helwani Wednesday on UFC Tonight, UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort now says he's ready to make a return to fighting and intends to face the winner of UFC 175's main event between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. According to his wife Joana Prado, Belfort's team has also been informed by the UFC that he is next in line for a shot at the middleweight title. Prado, along with Belfort's manager Glenn Robinson, has recently taken over the day-to-day more

  • 26 days ago
  • 45 views

For Dominick Cruz, a long and often frustrating three-year wait may finally be at an end. According to Eric del Fierro, Cruz's head coach at Alliance MMA, the snakebitten former UFC bantamweight champion will be fully recovered from injury and ready to fight by August 30, 2014 at UFC 177, if the UFC's requires his services for the pay-per-view card -- although del Fierro noted that a September booking would be preferable. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported the news on Wednesday's edition o more

  • 26 days ago
  • 52 views

Until then, you can relive all the action here. Newport Beach, Calif. (June 25, 2014) - Spike TV will telecast an encore presentation of one of MMA's most memorable events of 2014, "BELLATOR MMA: RAMPAGE vs KING MO" on Friday, July 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT. For the first time on free television, fans that missed Bellator's first-ever pay-per-view event can witness the highly-anticipated grudge match between Rampage Jackson and King Mo plus epic upset victories for Will Brooks and Tito Ortiz. Fans can more