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Oh Boy: Rampage Jackson Says He’s Boxing Bound

(At least Page won’t have to worry about this sort of thing anymore. Props to MMAFighting.com

I can already smell the rumors of a possible match with Kimbo. During a recent podcast with ESPN UK, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson stated that he plans to move to boxing at the end of his UFC contract, primarily to fight people that “aren’t scared.” On the heels of his 4th round submission loss to Jon Jones at UFC 134, many have speculated that this was just a case of Page watching The Secret a few too many times, but Jackson seems about as serious as he can be about it:

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.

Given Jackson’s penchant for only using his boxing background in his MMA career, the move doesn’t honestly seem like that bad a move. Let’s be honest, “Rampage” had nothing to offer current champ Jon Jones in their fight, and probably has a long road ahead of him before we start talking about a possible rematch. But one of the main foreseeable problems in Jackson’s boxing future, according to Scott Christ over at Bad Left Hook, is that of his size.

…given his age it would be unlikely he’d be able to cut down to cruiserweight, where there’s no U.S. market, and that means he’d have to fight as a heavyweight. At 6’1″ with a 73″ reach, he’d be undersized and probably underpowered.

An interesting argument, but what do you guys think? Could Jackson ever be more than a PPV draw in the boxing world? Or could we being witnessing the rebirth of his career? More importantly, will Dana White ever allow this shit to happen? Discuss.

-Danga 

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Todd M- September 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Haye would hurt 'Page and so would any other top 20 heavy weight. Rampage ain't going anywhere he's to much of a draw in the UFC and it keeps him payed well, even without another title shot he will be in main and co-main events earning that long paper.
Spitting into the wind- September 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Rampages hilariously overrated stand up would be destroyed by any proper boxer. What happened to his acting career? That shit not take off?
Last time he said he was leaving mma was coz he was tired of getting hit for not enough money. Now its he is tired of fighters running away?
Time for Rampage to just go the fuck away.
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noizy- September 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Could he fight James Toney? I'd watch that.
GistoftheFist- September 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Oh boy, it was bad enough listening to him and Rashad constantly bickering in Bernie Mac language, now imagine him and another unintelligible boxer arguing at a press conference.
SquidInk- September 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm
His heart hasn't been in MMA for years. Anyone surprised by this kind of talk wasn't paying attention. He's done.
ArmFarmer- September 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm
burrito, I like the way you think.
Onan, good point and agreed.
Zed, nice.
Onan- September 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Have fun Rampage. I'm getting sick of one dimensional fighters complaining when an opponent won't fight their fight. It's called Mixed Martial Arts for a reason. BJJ only guys say you're scared if you won't go to the ground with them and strikers say it if you wont stand in the pocket and let them sling bombs at you till you fall. Good riddance to em all.
SnackDaddy- September 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm
He'll probably have more of a future in boxing than mma, as things stand.
MKO- September 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Called it. Rampage gets outclassed by Jones, he would quit fighting.
nickyroose- September 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm
Sorry fellas comment of the thread goes to Zed but I wass gonna say at least it wasn't, "FiRst!!!1!"

I used to be huge into boxing. In reality there just isn't shit for boxing anymore. There are no real legitimate fights that sell so you get contenders who are not real contenders and everyone in boxing is a 2000 era Fedor. Beat 50 cans, get high name recognition, fight six legitimate top contenders, split between wins and losses, and give declare yourself a legend and watch Merchant jizz himself at your visage. You could save boxing tomorrow if you declared clinching your opponent a warning second is the loss of a point. then boxing would be interesting again. Also the belt system is so corrupt M-1 global looks down on it.
Sloppyspray- September 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm
"Jon Jones kicked me in my face and I jizzed.in.my pants"
Motivated Penn- September 30, 2011 at 11:57 am
El Guapo - actually, Jones' reach is considerably longer than either of the Klitschkos.
Fried Taco- September 30, 2011 at 11:17 am
Except Klitschko Kardashian, Rampage would get killed fighting that.
El Famous Burrito- September 30, 2011 at 11:03 am
I would love to see Rampage do Celebrity Boxing. His first opponent can be any one of the Kardashians.
intercept440- September 30, 2011 at 10:44 am
Rampage's career in boxing would only be the type of fights that jose canseco used to try in mma.
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rampage is on the verge of another energy drink enraged drive on the L.A. freeway.
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El Famous Burrito- September 30, 2011 at 10:35 am
@ArmFarmer

Let's combine pot and racism thread....Eskimota!
Hesh to Steel- September 30, 2011 at 10:28 am
David Hate? Isn't he a good boxer? I feel like the only reason any boxing promoter would give rampage that fight is as a retort to the Toney/Couture fight. Also notable is the irony that Rampage will leave MMA because "people are scared" and toney used the same reasoning for leaving boxing.

Last thought: in boxing, when it's not working out in a guy's favor he just hugs his opponent. I'm no huge boxing fan, but thats what it looks like to me. Also, that's the reason I'm no huge boxing fan. So if Page is looking for a war in boxing, what he'll end up getting, most likely, is either KO'd or hugged.
ArmFarmer- September 30, 2011 at 10:28 am
You know, I learned something today. If you want to increase activity in your comments section, write articles about pot and racism.. not fight match ups and boxing transitions.. lol. Really enjoying the pot and least favorite fighter threads. Good shit there.
El Guapo- September 30, 2011 at 10:00 am
As long as he doesn't fight either Klitschko, he's good. Look at the picture, then consider their arms are as long as Jones' leg. Rampage vs David Haye, perhaps.
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