You can add Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to the list of names that the UFC looked to have coach TUF 17. Jackson revealed that he had been offered the opportunity opposite Chael Sonnen on the upcoming seventeenth season. UFC President Dana White confirmed the Jackson’s assertions on the matter. MMAFighting first reported the story.
Jackson reportedly turned down the opportunity because he had no interest in fighting Chael Sonnen because of the Oregon fighter’s style, stating:
“Forget TUF,” Jackson told MMAFighting.com “I’m not interested in that. I don’t want to fight Chael. He’s the kind of fighter that I don’t want to fight. He’s a boring fighter that just wants to hump people.”
White told the MMAFighting that Chael was very interested in coaching opposite Jackson and fighting him at the end of the season.
Jackson stated that while he really wants to fight Glover Teixeira, he also wanted a rematch with Forrest Griffin once the news of Chael Sonnen coaching TUF opposite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones broke. Jackson reportedly wanted both the Griffin and Teixeira fights so badly he even offered to fight both men in the same night.
The 34-year-old Jackson has made it clear that he intends to retire when he turns 35 but that he still wants to leave an exciting last impression for UFC fans as his career winds down.