In the wake of his lopsided loss to Jon Jones at UFC 135, Quinton Jackson made some rather odd declarations to ESPN’s Gareth Davies. Among them, that he might well “go to boxing” in an effort to make some money and find an opponent who won’t “fight scared.”
“I'm going to try boxing because they've got to stand with you,” Jackson said. “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 on seats over there."
Interesting idea? Maybe, as Jackson’s notoriety would certainly make him a compelling product for boxing promoters and fans. Certainly the chance is there for him to make a little bit of money. The real question might well be whether Jackson has the pure boxing prowess to compete against anyone worth their salt in the squared circle and whether, at 33 years old, he’d really have the ability or the inclination to supplement his existing skill set enough to make a real go of it.
One thing we do know for sure: UFC President Dana White didn’t seem too impressed with Jackson’s alternative career plan when he got wind of it during a recent news conference.
“No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you're always going to have guys chirping about something,” White said. “Rampage thought the movie business was the answer to all his dreams and that didn't work out too good. The pay over there wasn't what he thought it was, the pay over here [in the UFC] was a lot better. A lot better. The grass is always greener until it's not there anymore and then you realize you made a lot of mistakes and you should have done things differently."
As it stands, Jackson wouldn’t be able to pursue punching-only fights until after his current UFC deal is up. After that, White said he’s free to do whatever he likes.
We also can’t help but wonder, though, if Jackson might want to look at the boxing career of Kimbo Slice -- who is preparing for his second bout at an out-of-the-way casino against a nobody opponent -- before he decides that boxing is truly the place to be.