Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has made recent remarks stating his desire to step inside the boxing ring when his current UFC contract expires. Now, Jackson has started work on his first opponent, challenging NBA star Ron Artest – who now goes by the name Metta World Peace – to a charity boxing match.
“Hey Metta World Peace you a beast on the court…We can box a few rounds for charity,” Jackson wrote on his Twitter account Monday.
Artest responded on his own Twitter writing, “Rampage gonna test my chin for charity!! This will be the biggest heavyweight fight outside (Klitschko) and Haye!”
Even if it was an exhibition, the odds of the UFC allowing Jackson to step inside the ring to face Artest are very slim, as Zuffa recently said no to Josh Barnett taking part in a professional wrestling match before he competed in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
“Rampage” lost to Jon Jones in a match for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 135 earlier this month. He has made is known he would like to be part of the UFC Japan card in February.
Artest changed him name to inspire youth around the world. Metta is a Buddhist word meaning love and kindness to all, while World Peace serves as his offical surname.