On Feb. 3, 2007, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made his debut with the UFC—knocking out Marvin Eastman in the first round—after competing in Pride Fighting Championships for the five years prior. Following his debut, Jackson went on to defeat the likes of Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva, which made the Memphis, Tenn., native one of the most devastating fighters on the planet.

To this day, Rampage is still one of the most popular fighters in the world. But in his final three UFC bouts, he went 0-3 with losses to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and, most recently, Glover Teixeira.

Following his loss to Teixeira at UFC on Fox 6 on Jan. 26, Jackson stated that it was the last time he would fight in the UFC, due to his contract being up and not having a good relationship with the company he had been with since 2007. In the days since his loss, Rampage hasn’t held back his feelings on how the UFC has treated him.

From being tied down, not getting treated the best financially, to being unable to wear sponsor Reebok’s shoes to the cage, Rampage has had a list of problems that will force him to look elsewhere to prolong his career.

The question is whether the UFC will try to settle the disputes and resign the former light heavyweight champion?

The UFC has rights to be able to match any contract Jackson is offered from other companies. With the UFC being the richest mixed martial arts organization in the world, it should have the bankroll to match any offer, but is it really worth the hassle?

UFC President Dana White has said that he will miss having one of the most talked-about fighters in promotional history off his roster, but the right thing to do is to let Rampage take his talents to the free agent market.

At 34 years old, Jackson is past his prime. If the UFC did somehow find a way to resign him, Rampage would only be featured in superfights. Even though he may draw fans to buy pay-per-views, he is far from title contention at this stage of his career.

Yes, Rampage fought for the title just three fights ago, but has only one weapon—his striking—and even that isn’t what it used to be (he hasn’t won by knockout since 2008). New, faster, athletic light heavyweights are climbing their way into the spotlight, and Rampage can’t hang with the top 10 anymore. He also has cardio issues and, up until his final fight, wasn’t motivated to compete.

No one, not even Rampage himself, knows what his future holds. Promotions such as Bellator or World Series of Fighting are possibilities, or he may even try his hand at boxing or professional wrestling. And if Rampage decides he doesn’t want to do combat sports anymore, his movie career is always an option.

One thing is for sure though, Rampage will not fight for the UFC ever again.

Photo: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Heavy MMA)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.