UFC President Dana White may not have the best relationship with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at the moment but he still respects the former light heavyweight champion regardless of their personal or professional issues. In fact, though Jackson is one of the most popular fighters in the sport and a former title-holder, White feels the 33-year old brawler could have been even better if he’d given it his all.
White recently offered up some thoughts on “Rampage”, at times glowing about the 205er’s skillset with the bulb slightly dimming when it came to Jackson’s approach to MMA.
“I think he could have been so much better if he applied himself. He had all the tools. Incredible chin, knockout power in both hands, incredible charisma and personality,” said White in a conversation with MMAFighting. “Tell me ‘Rampage’ Jackson wasn’t born to fight. Not only in his power, but his attributes, his wrestling, his chin, the list goes on and on.”
“His potential could have been so much more,” White continued, showing concern about Jackson’s decision to try his hand elsewhere after a final fight inside the Octagon. “This is a crazy business, you always have these guys who think they’re getting screwed and this and that and everything else that’s happening. ‘Rampage’ wants to fight one more fight on his contract, and his last fight, and he’ll never make that money ever again for the rest of his life. A lot of those guys in the UFC don’t realize that until its too late.”
Jackson is currently sidelined until an undetermined date with surgery planned for both of his kenes. He is expected to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua when he returns to the ring.
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MMATraining Take: It’s hard to disagree with White. Jackson is a helluva fighter, no question about it. However, he parties hard and often lets himself get out of shape. He’s a fighter, not an “athlete” per say, and it’s scary to think how great he could have been with the desire of someone like Georges St. Pierre.