Rampage Jackson: 'I'm gonna go to boxing ... I know I can put butts in seats over there'


Mixed martial artist, actor, professional boxer?

That might very well be the latest venture for Quinton Jackson, as he discusses his future plans after he hangs up his UFC gloves for good.

So why the "sweet science?"

Jackson tells ESPN he has a distaste for fighting people who fight scared and specifically talked about trading in his 4 oz. gloves (MMA) for a 16 oz. pair (boxing).

"I hate fighting people who are scared. When you fight somebody who is scared you never know what they're going to do. They turn and run, that's why I'm gonna go to boxing. I'm gonna try boxing because they've got to stand with you. If I get knocked out I don't care because at least it's a fight. I've tried a lot of boxing, I'm falling in love with boxing and I know I can put butts in seats over there."

In the meantime, Jackson is eying a return to the Octagon in early 2012 when the UFC plans a trip to the "Land of the Rising Sun," a place where "Rampage" has a very strong fan base due to his time spent competing in PRIDE FC.

Jackson pleaded for a fight against Mauricio Rua in hopes to try and avenge a loss to "Shogun," which he suffered in 2005 at "PRIDE Total Elimination 2005."

The Brazilian is currently slated to do battle with Dan Henderson at UFC 139 but after that ... anything is possible.

Though he didn't have any luck in the stand-up game this past weekend at UFC 135 in his title fight against Jon Jones, "Rampage" definitely 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?

I hear James "Lights Out" Toney is always looking for a fight.

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