Quinton Jackson: “I never claimed to be a martial artist…I’m a street fighter.”

Fan-favorite light heavyweight Quinton Jackson may compete as a professional Mixed Martial Artist but the 33-year old UFC star is quick to distance himself from the label based on his mental approach to the sport. While his peers continually look for competitive advantages by studying countless hours of tape and refining their abilities in every available discipline, Jackson prefers to maintain the same approach he has since his younger years in Memphis.

“I never claimed to be a martial artist or a guy who is good at everything. I’m a street fighter,” said Jackson in an interview with the UFC promoting his bout this weekend at UFC 144 against Ryan Bader. “There’s a lot of things I don’t care about – I don’t care to know what my opponent is doing, I don’t care to know his skills and stuff like that – cause I’m a brawler. In a street fight you walk up to the guy and you start fighting. You’ve got no tape on this guy.”

“I could give a rat’s ass if I can beat Ryan Bader or not,” said the former PRIDE/UFC champion. “I just want to put on the best show the world has ever seen.”

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Jackson-Bader will serve as co-headliners on a card featuring six other scraps including a main event between lightweight title-holder Frankie Edgar and top contender Benson Henderson. Things start on PPV at 10:00 PM EST this Saturday with preliminary pairings airing on Facebook/FX in the preceding hours.

Check out the full interview with “Rampage” below:

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