Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson may be one of the biggest names in MMA, but in a frank new interview on ESPN he claims he regrets his decision to make a career out of fighting.
“I would have to honestly say that my biggest regret is even starting this sport,” Jackson stated in an interview on ESPN SportsCenter. “I gained a lot of fans, I made a lot of money, but I feel like I lost my family. I don’t see them. I don’t know them. My parents are getting older, and I’m living in California, away from them. I have my own family here, my kids and stuff, but I miss my cousins, my parents, and my sisters and brothers.”
That’s a surprising confession from the 38-year-old given everything he’s accomplished over the course of his 37-11 career, from his days as a revered star in PRIDE to winning the UFC’s light-heavyweight, and even breaking into Hollywood with a role as B.A. Baracus in a big-screen reboot of ‘The A-Team’.
In hindsight though, it seems that as far as ‘Rampage’ is concerned, there’s no place like home.
“My dream was to go and be a fighter, but then now I look back on it, and I wish that I would have just stayed back home with my family,” Jackson said.
That unexpectedly downbeat note came as ‘Rampage’ was promoting his next fight, which will see him rematch Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal in the main event of Bellator 175 this coming Saturday, March 31st in Illinois.