“Believe me I still want to retire as champion. I want to hold the belt once more. I guess if I had won that Jon Jones fight and if the Japan show wasn’t next then there’d have been a very good chance I would have retired already. It would have been a great time to bow out. But I almost certainly would have stayed around to fight in Japan anyway, to defend the belt. Then if I would have successfully defended it on this [UFC 144] show, I definitely would be retiring – and retiring a very happy man too!”
It’s the ambition of all fighters to leave the sport while on top; however several rarely get that opportunity. In his latest interview with FightersOnlyMagazine, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson goes over his desire to retire with the UFC’s light-heavyweight title in hand.
He had his chance, but Jon Jones got the better of him. He now has a very stern test in the form of Ryan Bader at UFC 144, a loss would be detrimental to the former champion, but a win, a win keeps a top the ladder.
I guess this poses the question as to whether or not he will ever be able to regain the title he lost at the hands of Forrest Griffin a few years back and if he does, will he really be able to bow out of the fight game for good?
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