The resume of light heavyweight fighter Quinton Jackson reads like “who’s who” of MMA. At 32-10, “Rampage” has beaten some of the sport’s all-time greats including Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Dan Henderson, held the UFC championship, and transitioned his popularity into a career earning him millions of dollars. However, according to UFC President Dana White, Jackson could have even exceeded those lofty accomplishments had the 33-year old approached his career differently.
“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 an interview 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 wistfully concluded. “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 it’s too late.”
Jackson’s status hasn’t been updated in more than a month when he revealed he would undergo surgery on both of his knees and be out until later this year when he is expected to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The bout could very well mark Jackson’s final appearance inside the Octagon having cited a desire to depart the organization for personal reasons after getting one more match-up in.
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