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Rampage Jackson Isn’t Sure About His UFC Status, Wants to Face Shogun Rua Again

September 20, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Rampage Jackson discussed the status of his UFC contract now that he’s done with his Bellator obligations and more in a new interview with the MMA Hour. Highlights are below:

On his status now that he’s done with his Bellator contract: “It’s very confusing. It’s no secret that I was in a lawsuit with Bellator after I went back with the UFC to fight Fabio [Maldonado], so I had to go back to Bellator and fulfill a contract and that contract ran out. I still have an existing contract with the UFC, but things change. The UFC, they sold the company since all that, so I don’t know. I haven’t talked to Dana personally about it. My manager Tiki Ghosn has been talking to him, but I think the UFC is doing great things for the company. They’re in a good place. I just don’t know what’s going to happen for me.”

On a possible boxing match: “But now that Dana White is letting Conor McGregor box, I’ve always asked Dana to let me do some s**t like that. Hopefully, Uncle Dana, if you got ties with boxing now, let me try some of that s**t.”

On a rematch with Shogun Rua: “I would love to revenge my loss against ‘Shogun’ because that’s one loss that don’t sit well with me for personal reasons. I love ‘Shogun’ as a person, we get along great, but as a fighter I never should have taken that fight with my injury. I regret not backing out of that fight, I do. I was dumb back then. I was making cash money and I was just blowing through it, and I was living fight to fight. It was that street life. I fight injured a lot and sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t, but that fight I should have said, ‘Naw, naw, let me heal up.’”

On his future: “I think I got three good fights in me, then after that then I’ll see if I have three more good fights in me. I really would like to fight because in MMA, I feel like fighters can get old overnight. I’m 39 years old, I put 17 good years into this sport and my body has taken a toll. I think that I know how to train with injuries and stuff like that, and I’m training smarter. I still have enough juices and energy to entertain the fans, I love entertaining the fans…My whole career I never dealt with the managerial s**t. I just like train and fight, f**k, play video games, play with my toys, play with my kids, that’s my life.”