Over his final few years in the UFC, light heavyweight Quinton Jackson was dead set on winning the divisional title after having lost it to Forrest Griffin in a match-up many felt he should have won. However, don’t expect the same drive from Jackson now that he’s under the Bellator banner. Beyond general disinterest in the grind of a tournament run, “Rampage” recently revealed the distinction of being top dog no longer motivates him.
“I don’t have the desire to be a champion. That’s not something I want,” admitted Jackson in an interview with MMAMania. “My mentality is different now. I’ve been in the game long enough that I know what the fans want. I expect to go out there and put on a show every time I step into the cage. Don’t take that as meaning I won’t be trying to win because I’m still going to train hard and everything but to be a champion? Not so much.”
Without a title in his sights, Jackson’s focus will instead be on occasional action in the cage and a few scripted scraps courtesy of TNA Wrestling. He could also end up heading a team on Bellator: Fight Master depending on how things play out, though don’t expect Jackson to lobby for the opportunity after his experience on TUF.
“Let’s keep it real – I’m not a good coach. I’m not a good coach. I’m still learning and trying to improve myself,” said Jackson. “I wouldn’t have any interest in being on the show but I respect Bjorn Rebney so much that if he asked me to do it, I would do it. I’d do it for him. But there’s no way I’d ever do it if they asked me to coach again on The Ultimate Fighter. I didn’t even want to do the second one.”
“If Bjorn asked me though, I’d coach Fight Master and I’d bring on the best coaches I could to help the kids. I’m not a coach though, those guys would help me out,” he concluded.
No date has been linked to Jackson’s Bellator debut though, barring injury, it will definitely take place before year’s end. The 35-year old holds a record of 32-11 with impressive wins over Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, and Dan Henderson but is currently dealing with the first losing streak of his career.