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Rampage the Thespian

RampageQuinton Jackson has announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts to pursue an acting career. This screams of a temporary hiccup that will eventually lead to Rampage back in the Octagon, possibly after some Lorenzo led reconciliation. Still, at least at this moment in time, Jackson is retired from the sport.

I couldn’t be happier for him.

As fight fans we (rightly) want to see the most intriguing, exciting fights. We want to see the best fight the best. When Fedor fights a Hong Man Choi the uproar you hear is from fans wanting to see the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time go against top competition. Similarly, when Rampage decided to push his impending fight with Rashad Evans back a few months many were outraged.

And for what? A stupid 1980s movie remake? Haven’t we seen enough of these already to know they’re generally a giant waste of time? Rampage is being selfish and bad for the sport, does he really think he will succeed in acting?

Maybe he will succeed, maybe he won’t, but I hope he does. It’s easy to lose perspective for a sport we’re so passionate about, particularly when someone with as much talent and charisma as Rampage decides to walk away. We can take it as a personal offense. We shouldn’t though. When you boil it down, it’s simply Jackson choosing to go down a different road. A road less dangerous to his health. A road that doesn’t include the strict gym time and training he detests. A road that offers a different challenge and form of personal satisfaction.

Rampage is unhappy with his boss and has a viable alternative option for employment. It’s a situation which most of us can relate. Rampage is in the fortunate position to have a choice where he can leave his current job and take on a new career.

Yes, this could all be a negotiation tactic to call Dana’s bluff. Rampage may very well be talked down from the proverbial ledge within the week. In fact at this early hour most MMA diehards seem to believe this will be a short lived retirement. I can’t say that I disagree with that assessment either. Still, it’s Jackson’s decision to make.

Be upset that we won’t see Rashad vs. Rampage. Be disappointed that a potential title match against Machida may never happen. Or a Forrest rematch to settle the score. That’s perfectly reasonable. Just don’t hate Quinton Jackson the person for making a decision to switch gears to better take care of himself and his family while leaving behind a work environment he is uncomfortable with.

We don’t have to be happy with the choice Jackson has made, but we should be glad that he is able to have the opportunity and freedom to make it.

9 COMMENTS
  • shotokai_ says:

    “Rampage is unhappy with his boss and has a viable alternative option for employment. It’s a situation which most of us can relate.”

    Well put and very bang on the money.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    nice post. 100% agree

  • shotokai_ says:

    Very bang on the money? What? Haha

  • acachubaca says:

    100% don’t agree. Who do you think will go see his movies? Fans of MMA? Please. I won’t see anything he’s in ever. The reason he is where he is now is because he’s a great entertainer as a fighter, and has a quick wit and a great punch. Who does he think his fan base for movies will be? MMA enthusiasts? It would make more sense to me if he were trying to do some music or something along those lines, but only a shmern would walk away at the peak of his career, when there’s so much left to prove athletically (TO HIS FAN BASE!)

  • roshambo says:

    acachubaca,

    He will be in a staring role of a major hollywood large budget movie with a very solid cast. I don’t think he will need MMA fans to go and see it for it to be succesful although many probably will. This isn’t some b rate crap fighting movie he signed on to do like most other MMA fighters seem to be doing at the moment. He is where he is now because of his entertaining personality and fighting abilities. That being said, he has parlayed that success into something that probably pays way better than MMA.

  • Austin says:

    I think we are better off without him.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i cant believe some of the bollocks i read about rampage. better off without him? why? better off without one of the top 5 lhw in the world? how the fuck does that work?
    and why the fuck would it make more sense if he went into music? cos he’s a brother and they all look like rappers? when have you ever seen rampage rap sing or play a fucking guitar?
    some people need to think before uttering this shit

  • davebo says:

    Good for Rampage. At least he’s going to star in a big hollywood movie, instead of most of these other MMA fighters that put their career on hold for a 30 second scene in some b-level movie. I don’t think it’s a big deal for him to take a break to pursue that.

  • s00nertp says:

    well said. no MMA fighter has made the transition yet though.

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