MMA legend Rampage Jackson says he's VERY interested in taking a PRO BOXING match before he retires ... and he'll fight anyone -- except Deontay Wilder!
In fact, the 41-year-old former UFC heavyweight champ tells us, "I asked Dana White a long time ago, way before Conor McGregor even was around, let me do some boxing!"
Rampage -- who parted ways with UFC in 2013 -- says he was told back in the day there just wasn't anyone for him to box, so the idea was shut down.
But, he insists, "I still wanna fight a boxing match before I retire."
Rampage's stand-up game is legendary -- he famously KO'd Chuck Liddell in 2007 and Wanderlei Silva in 2008 ... and several other guys along the way.
And, with Floyd Mayweather gunning for a UFC crossover, we asked Rampage if he had a particular opponent in mind.
"I'd fight anybody but Deontay Wilder," Rampage says ... "He's too tall!"
Rampage says there's one way he'd make an exception -- "Unless they give me $100 mil. Then I'll fight him! I'm not gonna lie, I keep it real!"
We get it ... Wilder just destroyed Luis Ortiz and widely considered one of the greatest knockout artists in boxing history!
Scary power from Deontay Wilder. Here's the knockout! 😮😮😮 #WilderOrtiz2 pic.twitter.com/Vgi9X51FXO— Chris Burke (@chrisburke) November 24, 2019
Scary power from Deontay Wilder. Here's the knockout! 😮😮😮 #WilderOrtiz2 pic.twitter.com/Vgi9X51FXO
"I'll fight him if they give me $100 mil and we do one boxing match and then one MMA match."
But, don't count on it going down any time soon -- as Rampage explains, "I don't like fighting them long, tall dudes. I gotta take them down!"
In the meantime, Rampage is gearing up to fight Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator & Risin: Japan on Dec. 29 in Japan ... and the takeaway is he doesn't plan on retiring any time soon!