Former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has taken some criticism for comments that he made to the effect that he is less-than-excited to face impending opponent Matt Hamill.
Between comments like that and his publicly-stated plan to retire in about two years, many have questioned his desire to fight at all. During an interview on Thursday however (props to MMAFighting.com), Jackson elaborated on his previously made comments and assured that, while he views fighting as a job like any other, his motivations lie beyond just picking up a check.
“It’s like a teacher being excited to go to the classroom every day,” said Jackson. “He’s used to it. You guys may look at it differently than me, but this is my career. It’s my job and what I do. I think it’s weird when people think I’m not excited. I keep it real. I don’t know if other fighters get excited or not. I don’t know. I’m excited to be working and make a living and stuff like that, but another day, another dollar.”
With a reputation for letting himself go in between fights, “Rampage” has said in the lead up to Saturday’s fight against Matt Hamill that he’s been working harder than ever to keep his conditioning at peak level so that he may one day reclaim the championship belt.
“I’m trying,” he said. “I’m trying to stay in shape but I’m a lazy guy. I dread going to the gym. I’d rather be at home playing video games. But I’m trying. I want to be champion again one day.”
Jackson meets Hamill in the main event of UFC 130 this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in what could very well end up being a title eliminator bout.