Chuck Liddell was recently forced into retirement by Dana White and the UFC due to his growing number of knockout losses. The guys who had built him up into this indestructible force just couldn't bear to see him take so much punishment.
Jackson can be thankful that the same hasn't happened to him yet. He still possesses his iron clad chin that helped him gain the UFC light heavyweight title. He still has the speed and the skills to be competitive with most of the guys at 205 pounds, but that doesn't mean Jackson isn't about to call it quits.
A lot of fighters will tell you they fight because they love it. They love the competition and the challenge of testing their skills against another man, and being able to walk out of that cage knowing who the better fighter is.
But not Jackson. Jackson is candid when he tells you that he fights for the money. It's been good to him so far, providing him with a life that he otherwise couldn't have achieved. For a long time he only had fighting, but that simply isn't the case anymore.
Jackson made his trip out to Hollywood to act as B.A. Baracus in The A-Team. It was his first major acting role and something he absolutely loved. The money was right and the pain was minimal.
"Honestly, I've been known for keeping it real and I have to keep it real," Jackson said. "As soon as movies start paying me more than I make to fight, I'm gone. It don't hurt to make movies. It don't hurt that bad. Everyday I train. Everyday I'm like, 'Man, I can't wait until I get another big movie.'"
When asked if movies were his future, Jackson didn't shy around the question.
"Hell yeah, you can't fight forever," Jackson said. "I don't have the type of blood Randy Couture has. I give it up to him. I take my hate off to that guy, but I'm not that guy. I don't plan on fighting until I'm 40. And I'm not Chuck Liddell. I'm not coming to work inside the UFC office when I retire. That's not me. I'm an entertainer, I like making people laugh. I like doing movies, action moves and stuff like that. I might even try to be a comedian one day, who knows?
"I wanna keep going after I get done fighting. Some fans are kinda selfish, they don't understand I got four kids that gotta be put through college and everything. MMA don't have an MMA pension. They don't pay you once you retire. I got bills, I gotta keep going."
Jackson knows his place in the sport of mixed martial arts. He doesn't want to lead fans on and make them think he will be in this sport for ten more years. He knows his time is almost up. Until then, Jackson just wants you to have a good time.
"I'm just here to fight people," Jackson said. "I'm here to just make you laugh and give you exciting fights. I'm not cocky like these other guys. I'm not a big arrogant fighter and stuff like that."
The preceding statements were made by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson...