Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who meets Matt Hamill in the main event of UFC 130 later this month for a possible title shot, plans to retire from mixed martial arts within two years.
Just days after commenting that he’d quit MMA once “movies start paying me more than fighting,” the nearly 33-year-old Jackson told ESPN that he plans to retire when he turns 35:
“I’ve always said I’ll retire when I’m 35. I don’t want to fight past 35. There are young guys coming in and doing good. I’ve been fighting for a long time and it’s no secret that I don’t fight the same way I used to.
“I’ve got a lot of injuries, one or two things that bother me. But when I’m fighting, the injuries don’t bother me, it’s the training that gets old. Going through each camp I go through all these pains and think, ‘Man I don’t want to do this anymore’. But after the fight I say, ‘OK, I’ll give it one more’. So who knows? But at 35 I’m done.”
Despite the retirement talk, Jackson said he’s still motivated and hopes to put on an exciting fight in hopes of earning a shot at 205-pound champ Jon Jones as early as this fall.