If everything had went as planned, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would likely be preparing to compete in his final match in Japan later this month.
However, Jackson was unsuccessful in trying to capture the UFC light heavyweight title from Jon Jones last year. Now, the ex-UFC champion wants to roll past Ryan Bader at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson on February 25 and try to make another run at UFC gold.
Jackson, in an interview with Fighters Only Magazine recently, revealed that he has looked into retirement. “Rampage” claimed that his ultimate goal is to retire as a UFC champion.
“To retire as UFC champion and to have defended the belt in Japan? Oh man, that would have been perfect,” said Jackson. “Believe me, I still want to retire as champion, I want to hold the belt once more,” Jackson said. “I guess if I had won that Jon Jones fight and if the Japan show wasn’t next, then there would have been a very good chance I would have retired already. It would have been a great time to bow out.”
Jackson and Bader will serve as the co-main event inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show is headlined by Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight belt against Ben Henderson.
MMATraining Take: Jackson has a road to pave before getting another chance at the UFC title, especially considering he didn’t do much to damage Jones in their fight. A big win over Bader, however, would set him on the right path.