Following his UFC on Fox 6 unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira, Quinton Jackson tells Ariel Helwani that he doesn't know if he can still "compete with the top people" but says he's not quitting and vows to "put on a good show for the fans."
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson spoke to Fuel TV's Ariel Helwani following his unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson and gave a starkly realistic assessment of his career (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"I don't know if I can compete with the top people. It's my first time I've lost three fights in a row. I'm not going to give up. I'm going to go back to the drawing board and work on everything. I feel like I can come back if I set my mind to it, but right now if anyone picks me up, that's my marketing pitch -- hey I'll put on a great show for you.
"I think that this is my reality and I have to see what's next," he said. "I've been fighting for 13 years and the game has changed a lot. I might just be one of those fighters that come in and excite the crowd -- be like Gary Goodridge. One of those guys who just comes out and puts on a great show. Gary Goodridge is a great ambassador for the sport and he taught me a long time ago that it's all about the show. I'm just going out there and try to entertain the fans. I'll be one of those middle range fighters. If someone wants to pick me up and somebody is going to put on an exciting fight for the fans."
Frankly it's more than a little sad and alarming to hear Jackson striving to emulate Gary Goodridge -- a fondly remembered journeyman fighter who is already struggling with dementia from brain damage sustained during his MMA and kickboxing career.
Jackson has vowed he won't be returning to the UFC and with his new sponsorship deal with Reebok, his acting career and the possibility of moving to Bellator to face frenemy Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal you'd think he'd be more optimistic about his future. Alas this may just be the bitter reality of the combat sports business.