Rampage Jackson and the Top 5 MMA Fighters Who Could Become Successful Boxers

Adam OsterkampContributor IIISeptember 29, 2011

Rampage Jackson and the Top 5 MMA Fighters Who Could Become Successful Boxers

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    Earlier today, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson told the ESPN UFC Podcast he was going to try moving to boxing.

    Rampage went on to tell ESPN that he wanted to try boxing because he wanted to fight people that had to stand with him.

    Jackson is a very skilled athlete who has fists with some serious knockout power. He’s always been a warrior and even told ESPN, “If I get knocked out I don't care because at least it's a fight.”

    Read on to see who from the UFC could cut it as a boxer.

Quinton Rampage Jackson

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    Jackson is a great boxer, but he is not the best in the UFC by far. It is, however, a smart move for him to transition into the boxing world.

    Rampage doesn’t want to be a mixed martial artist. He wants to go in and fight someone while standing. He doesn’t want to worry about game plans, or avoiding takedowns.

    He’ll be a good boxer and becoming one is absolutely the right move for him.

Nick Diaz

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    Nick Diaz is a great fighter. He’s highly skilled on his feet or fighting off his back. He is always looking to stand up during his fights.

    He’s had some great standup battles, most notably with Takanori Gomi. Find that fight and watch it. You will not be disappointed.

    Diaz would make a great boxer and his fights would be very entertaining.

B.J. Penn

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    Penn is a fighter that’s a lot like Diaz. B.J. has always put on great performances no matter where he fought, but his boxing is great.

    In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Penn talked about how moving into MMA was never his ultimate plan, but rather something that happened along the way.

    Perhaps boxing might be another step in his evolution, but it’d be an extremely sad day for the sport if he left.

Junior dos Santos

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    Junior dos Santos has some incredible ability when it comes to boxing. On November 12th we all get to see him go head to head with another great boxer (I’m sorry he didn’t make the list, but you can yell at me anyway), Cain Velasquez.

    We haven’t gotten a chance to see dos Santos work from his guard yet because he is such a skilled boxer. There’s no question that dos Santos could make the move into boxing.

Anderson Silva

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    Anderson Silva is just a phenomenal striker all around. His punches and kicks are great, and he’s got a solid ground game as well.

    If Silva went to boxing it would be an extremely sad day for any MMA fan. His ability to read a fighter in the heat of the moment is great. Watching Silva fight is otherworldly.

    It would have been great to see him back in the day go up against Muhammad Ali, but thankfully he is here in the time of mixed martial arts.