Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is ready to take the step in the boxing ring and targets a potential fight against the former boxing champion Shannon Briggs.
Jackson had been competing in the MMA for over two decades now and has registered over 50 professional MMA fights during this time. But now the 43-year-old wants to shake up things a bit and try his luck in another domain of combat sport, boxing.
In a recent appearance during Triller’s Triad Combat press conference, Jackson said he doesn’t feel the same thrill in the MMA anymore and wants a new platform to showcase his aptitude.
“This is the thing that people don’t understand about me, I’ve been fighting MMA for so long and I’ve been fighting the best people in the sport,” Jackson told the reporters during the press conference.
“I win some and I lose some, but that thrill is not there anymore in MMA like when I started.”
Ever since suffering a first-round knockout loss to Fedor Emelianenko in 2019, Jackson has been the embodiment of meme material for the MMA fans around the globe.
Among the brigade of meme lords trolling the “Rampage,” the former heavyweight champion Briggs also participated and mocked Jackson in his own style.
Jackson and Briggs have been involved in a barrage of words, hinting at a potential fight in the near future.
“Shannon is really disrespectful,” Jackson said. “I’m going to keep it real. It’s embarrassing for me that I lost my last fight the way I did and Shannon was very disrespectful.”
Triller could prove to be a platform to stage this fight with the organization introducing a new sphere that matches up boxers vs. MMA fighters. Jackson has already shown his willingness to fight Briggs under the Triller banner.
“Me stepping into a boxing ring with someone of the caliber of Shannon, I’ll have that rush,” Rampage said. “In the training camp, I’ll get that rush. If I don’t get this right, I can get knocked out – and that’s what I need. That’s what made me so successful in MMA and I lost that over the years by fighting everybody and doing that.
“I accept the challenge.”