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Quinton Jackson once angrily mentioned retirement back in 2009 when he and Dana White traded words about Jackson's involvement in the A-Team movie.
It ended up amounting to nothing as he returned to the UFC, but it showed that Jackson is willing to step away from fighting.
Jackson even mentioned on an ESPN podcast that he sometimes loathed the MMA style:
I hate fighting people who are scared. When you fight somebody who is scared, you never know what they’re going to do. They turn and run. That’s why I'm gonna go to boxing. I’m gonna try boxing because they’ve got to stand with you. If I get knocked out I don’t care because at least it’s a fight.
Jackson is getting fed up with overly strategic fighters, and that is only going to increase with time.
If Jackson doesn't love his job anymore he shouldn't do it. The rules aren't going to change so he needs to accept that fact or move on.
It sounds like he wants to move on.
Whenever a person starts to hate their job they need to either find the joy they once had for it or switch professions. It sounds like Jackson is getting to that point.
Japan would be a perfect time to take a bow and pursue something he enjoys, because MMA isn't going to change and, at this point, neither is Jackson.
Matthew Hemphill writes for the MMA and professional wrestling portion of Bleacher Report. He also hosts a blog elbaexiled.blogspot.com that focuses on books, music, comic books, video games, film and generally anything that could be related to the realms of nerdom.