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Quinton Jackson: “I still feel like I have something to prove.”

Quinton Jackson - UFC 144The next time Quinton Jackson steps into the ring it will mark his 43rd professional fight as a Mixed Martial Artist. It will also be the first time he’ll do so on a losing streak, dropping his last three fights including a January decision to Glover Teixeira marking the end of his run in the UFC.

“Rampage” still isn’t sure what’s on the horizon where his career is concerned. However, he is certain he has some gas left in the tank.

“I don’t need to fight. My kids are secure, and my family is secure. I don’t need to fight, but I like to entertain people. I still feel like I have something to prove,” said Jackson last week on the Abe Kanan Show.

When it comes to the type of company Jackson plans to sign with, the 34-year old simply hopes to find the type of respect he never felt he received from his employers in PRIDE or the UFC.

“I just want to be with an organization that’s going to treat me right. I’ve been fighting for 12 long years. I just feel like I’ve done a lot for this sport, and I feel like it’s time for the sport to take care of me. I’ve been taking care of the sport,” explained the former champion. “I’ve been putting a lot of butts in chairs. I’ve been trying to be entertaining, and I feel like I put my body on the line. I’ve been fighting injured for like the last six fights. I feel like I’ve put my body on the line for this sport, and I think it’s time for this sport to have my back a little bit.”

The 32-11 Jackson’s personality and in-ring aggression have made him one of MMA’s biggest stars. Unfortunately, his performances haven’t always matched up with the spotlight, failing to win a fight since beating Matt Hamill in May 2011. He also hasn’t finished a foe since 2008.

(Credit to MMAJunkie for the transcription)