Former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson has made no secret of his overwhelming urge to hold the title one final time before retiring in the next year or two. While Jackson understands doing so is easier said than done, the 33-year old is confident he can achieve his goal even if it means facing current divisional king Jon Jones a second time.
Jackson, who hopes to make Ryan Bader the next victim of his obsession when the two lock horns later this month at UFC 144, spoke some on the subject of the strap in his latest blog for Yahoo Sports where, among other things, “Rampage” mentioned why winning gold again is personal to him.
“I still think I can win my title back, and I still think I can even win it back from Jon Jones, but I would have to execute the game plan. Jones was very good on the night; he did what he had to with style and stopped me doing what I needed to do. Respect to him,” Jackson wrote. “But I still want my belt back before I retire. I will always think of that belt as mine, even when I’m an old, bald wrinkled ass man. I’m very, very proud of unifying that UFC belt with the PRIDE belt and for that reason a little bit of me will always think of that belt as belonging to me.”
“I was a little pissed off and disappointed that I didn’t get my belt back and I was upset with my performance. I’m going to take that out on Ryan Bader and – in front of the Japanese fight fans – put on a great fight,” said Jackson, putting a stamp on things.
While Jackson has never been known as a gym rat, the motivation created by his quest for championship redemption has him staying in top shape.
“I’m not going to lie, I still don’t like training too much. Getting sweaty with other dudes? Not really my thing. There’s other things I can think of which are a lot more fun to do,” Jackson joked before adding, “But I train a lot harder than I used to, and a lot smarter.
Jackson-Bader serves as the co-headliner on the February 25 card. UFC 144 is headlined by lightweight title-holder Frankie Edgar taking on former WEC champ Benson Henderson with a stack PPV card featuring seven total fights.
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