KEY POINTS

  • UFC legend Quinton Jackson opens up about the reason why he fights
  • "Rampage" insists that fame is something that doesn't excite him
  • The 43-year-old is being linked to a potential boxing match against Shannon Briggs

A UFC legend doesn’t really care about the perks of being a famous name in mixed martial arts.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is considered as one of the best light heavyweight fighters in the UFC.

Prior to becoming a household name in the promotion, he first made his mark under the now-defunct Pride organization.

Jackson certainly is making a strong case to becoming a UFC Hall of Famer. However, the idea doesn’t excite the 43-year-old in any way.

Speaking recently to MMA Junkie, Jackson stressed that being inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame would mean nothing to him.

For Jackson, getting paid remains the primary reason why he’s still in the game.

“No, not at all,” Jackson said of the idea of possibly being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. “I don’t fight to be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t fight to be famous. You know, I started fighting to pay the bills, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I do. It’s my career. It’s something that I love.”

“I get paid to do something that I love, but I don’t love fame,” he continued. “MMA fame, what’s that? You get a bunch of dudes trying to buy you drinks and s---. You feel like a chick whenever you go anywhere. Dudes always want pictures with you and s---, you know what I’m saying?”

UFC In this picture is a detailed view of the UFC Championship belt prior to the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood in Hollywood, California, Sept. 20, 2011. Photo: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Jackson fought under the UFC banner from 2007 to 2015. During his stint with the famed promotion, he shared the Octagon with an array of all-time MMA greats such as Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.

After parting ways with the UFC, Jackson joined Bellator. He has spent the last eight years of his professional career competing in the organization, but he has recently been exploring a possible switch to boxing.

As it stands, Jackson has been involved with Triller and has taken part in promoting the company’s Triad Combat event.

In the process, he crossed path with former heavyweight boxing champion Shannon Briggs, a fellow legend he has not seen eye-to-eye recently.

“I’m going to keep it real. It’s embarrassing for me that I lost my last fight the way I did and Shannon was very disrespectful,” Jackson said of Briggs.

“Before I can even get to the locker room, I got a text on my phone saying, ‘I’ll fight you, I’ll fight you in boxing,’” he added. “Then he goes on to post memes and put my face on ridiculous things. Shannon is real disrespectful and I’m going to shut him up. I’ll let him do all his talking and his laughing. Shannon started this whole feud and called me out at the worst time.”