Former light heavyweight champion and Memphis native Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is fighting in what could be his final UFC fight, which will air Saturday night on FOX13.
Before he leaves the octagon to pursue a possible acting career, his family is anticipating his final rumble in the cage.
"He had a real bad temper," said Derek Jackson, brother. "He use to just snap like that and my cousin started calling him 'Rampage.'"
"Rampage" will face Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira during Saturday night's telecast. His brother will be on the edge of his seat from the word "fight."
"When he is in there and they say 'fight' my heart is like, an adrenaline rush," brother Derek said. "I feel like I am in the cage. It's a weird, weird feeling that comes over because I am real nervous for him because he is my brother and I don't want to see him get hurt."
Derek isn't surprised about "Rampage's" career choice. After all, growing up he got into his fair share of fights beating up the school bullies.
"Like a bigger guy picked on me," Derek recalled. "He would come back and beat them up. I have seen him fight two or three different people at one time, slam somebody, that slam came a long time ago,"
Avoiding the pressures of his childhood neighborhood, "Rampage" developed some of his MMA skills as a wrestler at Raleigh Egypt High School.
Like many Memphians, Derek is very proud of the former Pharaoh.
"Ain't no telling where he would have been if he had stayed with that other lifestyle," Derek said of his brother. "It was all for the better for him to get away out of the crime infested city that Memphis is, get away where he can better himself."
When "Rampage" walks to the cage Saturday night, his brother will be there watching, knowing this will likely be his final UFC fight. He's also confident his brother will come out on top.
"When Quinton is in shape and his mind is focused on what he is doing, he is unstoppable," Derek said. "They could put a train in front of him he would probably beat them up."
Derek will miss seeing his brother on the UFC fight card but knows this is not the ending. It's the beginning of the rest of Quinton Jackson's career.
"People don't understand there are more fighting organizations out there than the UFC," Derek said. "He can box, he can go into boxing if he wants to or just straight act."
UFC on FOX13 will air Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. from Chicago's United Center.
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