Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson used to feel like he would be retired by the time he reached 35 years old. Now, with his final UFC fight set to take place Saturday against Glover Teixeira at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson, the 34-year-old remains upbeat about his career.
Jackson will be making his final signed appearance with the UFC, and it appears likely that he will become a free agent after the fight – win, lose or draw. That’s fine with Jackson who has expressed his disinterest in continuing to work with the promotion.
So, where does that leave Jackson to go? He discussed the matter on UFC Tonight recently.
“This will probably be the last time in the UFC, but I’ll still be fighting,” Jackson said. “Wherever I go, you can still see me throw it down. At first, I wanted to retire at 35, but I think I’ve got a couple more years. And I want to try boxing. I want to see if I can do that.”
Jackson credited a successful pair of knee surgeries as his basis for continuing to fight past next year. He is currently on a two-fight losing skid, and holds an overall MMA mark of 32-10.