Rampage Jackson Wanted To Retire With Title Had Be Beat Jon Jones
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Quinton Jackson had hoped to retire as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion heading into UFC 135 last September but he was unable to stop current 205lb. kingpin Jon Jones and instead faces Ryan Bader at UFC 144 later this month.
Jackson talked to Fighter_s Only last week to discuss his upcoming fight and while doing so, discussed his plans had he been champion right now:
â€œBelieve 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 wasnâ€™t next then thereâ€™d have been a very good chance I would have retired already,â€ he says.
â€œIt 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!â€
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