Light heavyweight Quinton Jackson is as known for the words that come out of his mouth as the strikes he throws in the cage. He is often charismatic, occasionally controversial, and always willing to offer up his honest assessment of a situation.
Coming off a loss in what is likely his last fight inside the Octagon, many might have expected “Rampage” to trash his former employer, make an injury-based excuse, or criticize opponent Glover Teixeira’s attack at UFC on FOX 6. However, Jackson did nothing along those lines when speaking to Fuel TV after last night’s bout, giving full credit to his Brazilian adversary for an impressive outing and admitting his days of being a top competitor may be behind him.
“It’s hard to swallow when you get your ass kicked but its part of the job,” offered Jackson on his Unanimous Decision defeat to Teixeira, finding no fault in his foe’s game.
“Glover did what he had to do. He took it to me standing up and he took me down a few times. He did what he had to do to win,” said the former champion. “Glover did a great job. When he took me down he didn’t just hold me, he didn’t hump my legs – he went for submissions and he grounded-and-pounded. That’s MMA at its finest. It was a very exciting fight. Big ups to Glover. He actually retained my respect. I respect fighters like Glover. I look up to fighters like Glover. Fighters like Glover are what make MMA.”
“Glover was just the better man tonight,” he concluded.
While Jackson sees bright things in Teixeira’s future, he’s not exactly sure what the next few years will look like in his own career. That being said, the 34-year old did confirm he plans to keep fighting and hopes promoters go to him when out to deliver entertaining match-ups even if they aren’t divisionally relevant.
“I don’t know if I can compete with the top level people anymore. This is my first time losing three fights in a row. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do,” confessed Jackson. “I’m not gonna give up though. I’m gonna go back to the drawing board and work on everything. I feel like I can come back if I get my mind to it.”
The full interview with “Rampage” can be seen below:
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