One of MMA’s most colorful personalities and beloved fighters, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is eyeing the eventual end of his career in the sport.
The 33-year-old Pride FC veteran recently rebounded from a decision loss to his rival Rashad Evans by eking out a close decision victory over fellow former champion Lyoto Machida. With that win and a victory in his impending contest against Matt Hamill, many believe that Jackson will be in the runnings for another title shot. Should that scenario play out and Jackson eventually earn back the title that was once his, his time on top will be abbreviated from the start, as he recently explained to ESPN UK that he plans to move on from his fighting career in only two years.
“I’ve always said I’ll retire when I’m 35,” said “Rampage.” “I don’t want to fight past 35. There are young guys coming in and doing good. I’ve been fighting for a long time and it’s no secret that I don’t fight the same way I used to. I’ve got a lot of injuries, one or two things that bother me. But when I’m fighting, the injuries don’t bother me, it’s the training that gets old. Going through each camp I go through all these pains and think, ‘Man I don’t want to do this anymore.’ But after the fight I say, ‘OK, I’ll give it one more.’ So who knows?
“But at 35 I’m done.”
“Rampage” faces Hamill later this month in the newly-promoted main event of UFC 130, which goes down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.