“I would still like to have some fights at 185, but I don’t know what the future holds for me right now,” said the American Kickboxing Academy fighter. “I’m just going to go home and see about possibly getting back into the gym and working on areas I need to improve on. You never know. I might be fighting in November in San Jose.”
As for Matt Hughes, it sounds like Dana White’s ready to ‘put him on the shelf’, he just may forget to take him back off again:
“I think he’s going to retire,” White said at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference. “I just don’t think Hughes wants to say the word ‘retire,’ is what I think.”
“There was a lot of talk that this was the last fight on his contract; I don’t know if that’s true or not, because he’s a guy I’ve never worried about last fights or whatever,” White said. “…He’s going to fly out to Vegas in the next month or so and sit down and talk, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to retire — without saying ‘retirement.'”
The last contract Hughes signed was supposed to be an ‘on the shelf’ contract too, so you never know. Sooner or later an interesting fight may come up that seems tailor made for Country Breakfast.
While Rampage’s request to fight Mauricio Shogun Rua in Japan may not pan out due to Shogun fighting Dan Henderson in November, at least it sounds like Quinton Jackson will probably be fighting in Japan. Via Dana White:
“What Rampage said to me was, ‘I want to fight in that Japan fight.’ I said, ‘Cool.’ I’m never going to argue with you when you tell me you want to fight.”
We’ll see if he still wants to fight there when he learns foreign cards usually sell half the PPVs of their North American counterparts. Rampage makes most of his money off a cut of the PPV numbers and you know how he loves his cheddar.