UFC light heavyweight contender Quinton Jackson is ready and waiting for the first opportunity to bail on mixed martial arts, namely, a big enough payday in films.
As he tells MMA Fight Corner (via Five Knuckles):
"Honestly, I've been known for keeping it real and I have to keep it real. As soon as movies start paying me more than I make to fight, I'm gone. It don't hurt to make movies. It don't hurt that bad. Everyday I train. Everyday I'm like, 'Man, I can't wait until I get another big movie.'... I don't have the type of blood Randy Couture has. I give it up to him. I take my hate off to that guy, but I'm not that guy. I don't plan on fighting until I'm 40. And I'm not Chuck Liddell. I'm not coming to work inside the UFC office when I retire. That's not me. I'm an entertainer, I like making people laugh. I like doing movies, action moves and stuff like that. I might even try to be a comedian one day, who knows?"
Jackson, 32, is a veteran of 39 professional fights and is seemingly long past his threshold for the daily grind of training just so he can get punched in the face for a living.
Instead, he's ready to head out to the land of make believe where it's all peaches and sunshine.
But will that change if he earns himself a title shot sometime in the near future? After all, a win over Matt Hamill at UFC 130 on May 28 would put him just a fight or two away.
Title shot or "Tinseltown?"