Rampage Supports Liddell-Ortiz 3
Quinton Jackson wanted to retire by 35, but now three months removed from this 40th birthday, and one week from his showdown with Wanderlei Silva, he understands why at 43 and 48, Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are fighting one more time.
“A lot of fans criticize fighters as we get older, and I say this is what we know, and this is the sport we love,” Jackson said during Wednesday’s Bellator 206 conference call.
“We get older, and we still want to participate in it. I personally don’t see anything wrong with older fighters getting out there and fighting.”
Looking at it objectively, Jackson sees Ortiz and Liddell facing off in a rubber match as the most viable option for both fighters if they were looking to fight again.
“It’s better to fight another older fighter instead of a younger guy, because that can be dangerous,” Jackson said. “But I’ve got nothing against Tito or Chuck. I’m cool with both of them; I respect both of them. I trained with Tito over the years. I fought Chuck twice, and I know Tito wants to beat Chuck, and I think that’s the reason for them fighting a third time.
“I just hope it’s a good fight. I hope both of them are safe, because both of those guys are older than me, and at their age, I know I’d probably be doing other things like fishing. But those guys, they love the sport, and more power to them.”
Quotes via: MMA Junkie