If ever there were an athlete who needed to be loved, coddled and appreciated, it is former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Jackson's six-year run in the UFC will end on Saturday in the United Center in Chicago when he meets rising star Glover Teixeira in the co-main event of a card televised nationally on Fox.
It's been a strange UFC career for Jackson, filled with as many bizarre and inexplicable moments as exceptional ones. As he goes out, complaining about a lack of respect, grumbling about what he perceives as the UFC's inept matchmaking, he leaves with another head-scratcher.
His departure from the biggest stage in mixed martial arts coincides with a lucrative Reebok endorsement deal that he says "makes me feel like a real professional athlete again." Jackson will appear in an ad campaign for a pair of training shoes Reebok is marketing as "All Terrain Vehicle."
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