Former UFC light heavyweight champ tells Five Knuckles that he is already looking forward to the day where he could make a living on just acting alone and hang up his UFC gloves.
“Honestly, I’ve been known for keeping it real and I have to keep it real,” Jackson said. “As soon as movies start paying me more than I make to fight, I’m gone. It don’t hurt to make movies. It don’t hurt that bad. Everyday I train. Everyday I’m like, ‘Man, I can’t wait until I get another big movie.'”
Though it could interpreted as Jackson turning his back on the sport for the bigger paycheck, Jackson brings up valid points in the fact that there is no pension for MMA fighters when they retire.
“You can’t fight forever,” Jackson said. “I don’t have the type of blood Randy Couture has. I give it up to him. I take my hate off to that guy, but I’m not that guy. I don’t plan on fighting until I’m 40. And I’m not Chuck Liddell. I’m not coming to work inside the UFC office when I retire. That’s not me. I’m an entertainer, I like making people laugh. I like doing movies, action moves and stuff like that. I might even try to be a comedian one day, who knows?
“I wanna keep going after I get done fighting. Some fans are kinda selfish, they don’t understand I got four kids that gotta be put through college and everything. MMA don’t have an MMA pension. They don’t pay you once you retire. I got bills, I gotta keep going.”
Jackson unlike some fighters knows his clock is ticking in the sport and has already started his transition into Hollywood, similar to UFC hall-of-famer. Randy Couture. Could you blame Jackson for wanting the more lucrative, and safer path?