WATCH: Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Reveals the Secret Behind Him Leaving the UFC in 2013

Published 12/28/2021, 12:45 PM EST


Quinton Jackson may have ended his relationship with UFC on a sour note, but no one can deny that he is a true pioneer in the sport. He made his UFC debut explosively, knocking out his opponent, Marvin Eastman, in the second round.

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‘Rampage’ then went on to demonstrate the true meaning behind his name. He showed his fighting prowess against many fighters, including some he had previously faced during his time in Pride FC. This also included former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell. The two previously clashed back in 2003, in which Rampage TKO’d Chuck.

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The rematch also ended in a similar fashion with Rampage knocking out Liddell and earning UFC gold. Consequently, he also doubled as a remarkable coach in theUltimate Fighter 7′ and ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.’

However, Rampage has revealed that he was suffering from lingering injuries while simultaneously fighting new fighters. In an old interview with Larry King, Jackson can be heard revealing his hardships and sour relationships with UFC president Dana White.

In the video, the former champion answered social media questions from his fans. One fan asked, “Was it hard fighting injured and having Dana White criticize your performance?”. To which the American replied, “It’s really hard when you do that”

He then expressed, “Because you know saying you put your life on the line and you put your heart and so I didn’t want to pull out in a fight because I was fighting Japan. I love Japan and you think you doing something good for the organization then the promoter criticizes you is really hard. It’s the reason why I left the UFC”

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Quinton Jackson’s amazing career in MMA so far

Rampage has accumulated a total of 38 victories in his entire pro-MMA career. In the process, he has captured not only one but two organizational belts.

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He also has had an incredible following in Japan since his days with Pride FC.

Do you think Quinton Jackson will make a UFC return? If so, who will fight against? Let us know in the comments below.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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