MMA fighter Rampage Jackson to Box after finishing his UFC contract?

By NowBoxing Staff

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had a bit of a falling out with the UFC President Dana White earlier this year over his choice in doing the A-Team movie remake instead of facing Rashad Evans on Dec. 12th at UFC 107 in Rampage’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Rampage vs. Rashad was being built up during the 10th season of TUF (The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights) but Rashad was left without an opponent and is now scheduled to face Thiago Alves at UFC 108 on Jan. 2, 2010.

The replacement main event for UFC 107 is B.J Penn vs. Diego Sanchez for the UFC 155 lb lightweight title.

In a new blog entry on Rampage’s official site, he has decided to come back to the UFC only to honor his contract and continue with movies after his contract is done.  Rampage also hinted that he would like to Box once a year just to stay in shape.

“I wanted to let my fans know that I’m going to come back to the UFC [to] finish my contract – not because the haters are talking (expletive) about me being scared of Rashad … or anybody else. I’m coming back for my fans and to shut Rashad’s mouth up and shut Dana’s mouth up. Then after that I’m going back to doing movies, and I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape.”

Rampage’s name could be pretty big after the A-Team movie comes out in theaters(depending on the box office success of the film) that a boxing match with him could do some decent numbers if marketed right.  Rampage relies strongly on his boxing and one punch knock out power in many of his fights so boxing would seem like a natural transition for the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Rampage would have to be in top condition and maybe hire a guy like Freddie Roach who trains Manny Pacquiao and some MMA fighters as well.

Other MMA fighters who have shown interest in entering boxing or have boxed before are Gegard Mousasi, Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz, Jens Pulver and KJ Noons to name a few.

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