LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson has been on a "Rampage" about opponents who "fight scared" or "turn and run" every time he tries to engage.
That's why he's headed to boxing, or so he says.
Unfortunately he failed to clear it with his current boss, UFC President Dana White, who was surprised to learn about Jackson's future plans in the sweet science, telling MMA Weekly the grass isn't always greener on the other side:
"I had seen somewhere that he said it. I don't care. He's under contract. He's not boxing until ... I mean, if he wants to box when his contract is up, that's up to him. You hear [boxing promoter] Bob [Arum] out there: 'Yeah, they don't pay their guys anything.' Rampage got paid for his last fight, trust me. A lot of money. Bob Arum pays guys $600 on his cards. We've never paid a guy that, ever. We've only been around ten years, Bob's been promoting fights for 120 years ... He'll find out when he starts boxing that [running from opponents is] pretty much the game these days. The game is: Let's step in there and do everything we can do avoid a fight, so we can get on to the next payday. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you're always going to have guys chirping about something. Rampage thought the movie business was the answer to all his fucking dreams and that didn't work out too good. The pay over there wasn't what he thought it was, the pay over here was a lot better. A lot better. The grass is always greener until it's not there any more, and then you realize you made a lot of mistakes and you should have done things differently."
Hear more from White on Jackson's pugilistic aspirations after the jump.
Though he didn't have any luck in the stand-up game back at UFC 135 in his title fight against Jon Jones, "Rampage" has always preferred to "stand and bang" throughout his mixed martial arts career, knocking out MMA stars such as Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva and Kevin Randleman.
He definitely has the power, but does he posses the finesse -- and can he put it all together to make it as a pro boxer? If so, does boxing have any big name boxers in his weight class to make it interesting enough to watch and sell pay-per-views?
And what would his value be to a boxing promoter?