It’s known that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) will fulfill his contract with the UFC this weekend against Glover Teixeira (19-2). What is to follow for the former light heavyweight champion is a mystery. Jackson has said that he will leave the promotion as he feels disrespected, but wouldn’t say what the future had in store. UFC president Dana White wasn’t certain if Jackson’s decision would stick.
“I don’t know [if Saturday will be Jackson’s last UFC fight],” said White at the UFC 158 press conference. “We’ll see what happens.”
At the press conference, Jackson wouldn’t confirm if he planned to continue in sports or pursue an acting career. He teased the idea of getting into boxing, but wouldn’t state if he was finished with MMA.
Jackson sits at 7-4 for the UFC and is on a two fight losing streak, the first of his career. Teixeira makes his third UFC appearance and has won 17 in a row. He has stopped his last seven outings by the second round.
Whatever Jackson decides to do with his future, White wishes him the best and holds no grudges.
“I don’t care what you do for a living, you have to be happy with what you’re doing and be happy with the people you’re doing it with,” said White. “And if ‘Rampage’ isn’t happy with us than what are we going to do? The guy needs to go somewhere where the people make him happy.”
The two meet this Saturday, January 26, in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 6 from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The fight was set for UFC 153 originally, though Jackson pulled out a month before due to injury.