Montel Jackson Is No Fan of Fame

Jan 23, 2020

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Outside of training and fighting, Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight Montel Jackson does not care for some of the other facets of being a big league fighter. UFC Fight Night 166, which will take place inside the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, will give him another chance to do what he enjoys. But only after fulfilling his obligations as an athlete on the UFC roster will he be able to step into the cage to do what he loves most.

The responsibilities of being a UFC fighter do not start and end in the Octagon. Requests for interviews, fight week media duties and fan interest are important aspects of the fight game. For some, it is a welcome perk, but for Jackson, it’s one of the more challenging parts of being a fighter.

“No,” Jackson told Sherdog with a smile when asked if he enjoys fight week media days. “I only try to do what’s required. Nothing more, nothing less. I [would] rather just spend that time focusing and preparing. With all things, I take it as it comes. To be honest with you, I like to be that regular guy. Treat me like a regular guy. I just want to walk down the street [and] enjoy myself. Someone comes up and asks for a picture or whatever, I’ll be more than happy to give it to them, but I just don’t look forward to that part of fame and success.”

Along with talking about his aversion to media obligations, the 27-year-old spoke about his upcoming fight this Saturday, training at Pura Vida MMA, if he has any long-term plans for his career and his interest in thrill-seeking endeavors outside of the cage. Advertisement

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