That's why longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Quinton Jackson helped start Conquest Fighting, an amateur MMA promotion with two shows (quietly) under its belt. That includes "Summer Rumble," which took place just over a week ago in Garden Grove, California.
But why go through the hassle of starting a new promotion when a number of credible regional outlets already exist?
"I'm looking for those fighters, the rare breed like me," Jackson told MMAmania.com. "That's why I started Conquest Fighting. My plan by starting Conquest, is to conquer MMA, but my personal goal is to get those fighters like me. I'm gonna find them and help them out. Give them the right outlet so I can teach them about the mistakes that I made."
If there's one thing Jackson knows, it's the business of MMA.
"Rampage" is one of the few fighters who can lay claim to competing among the best light heavyweights in both PRIDE Fighting Championship (PRIDE FC) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), before eventually finding his way to Bellator MMA.
And what looked like the perfect fit for the Memphis-based slugger quickly turned sour, after the Viacom-owned promotion ousted Bjorn Rebney and brought in ex-Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. Let's just say Jackson was less than enthused about the personnel changes.
"It was confusing, like 'what the hell is going on?'" he continued. "Behind-the-scenes of MMA is just a whole 'nother world in itself. I don't think the fans will ever understand that. Who knows if they even wanna understand it?"
While Jackson admits he's likely to hang 'em up in two years -- if not less -- he has no intention of completely walking away from combat sports. In fact, what started as a personal endeavor could soon become the family business, along with a little help from a familiar face.
"My son wants to be a fighter and I support him," said Jackson. "He can come up through Conquest. Antonio McKee is helping me and his son is actually the current champion in one of the lower weight classes. You pass on the love for the sport to your kids."
And also the knowledge.
After more than 15 years in MMA, "Rampage" knows there's more to fighting than bright lights and big cities. Especially for up-and-coming talent who may be susceptible to predators looking to make a few bucks in a sport that has taken the world by storm.
"There's a lot of people who prey on MMA fighters," Jackson warned. "A lot of guys will try to rip you off. At the end of the day, it's up to the fighters to trust me and wanna listen to me. That's up to them, not me. But this is what Conquest is for. For fighters like me who don't have to make the same mistakes I made."