The 36-year-old was briefly removed from the fight card after an injunction was filed against him in connection with a breach of contract lawsuit by Bellator, but when it was lifted last week, his fight against Maldonaldo was back on.
Speaking at the post-UFC186 press conference, "Rampage" said he would like his next opponent to be anyone of the fighters that’s beaten him in the past.
"I want to fight Shogun [Rua], Glover [Teixeira], Rashad [Evans] and make my way back up to [champion] Jon Jones. I am on a mission. That's the honest truth," he said.
"Honestly, I want to come back and beat everybody that beat me."
Jackson was crowned UFC champion at UFC 71 in 2007 after defeating Chuck Liddell. He defended his crown against Dan Henderson four months later, before losing it Forrest Griffin.
He had another title shot against Jones at UFC 135, but that defeat sparked a three-fight losing streak which ultimately led to his move to Bellator.
"To be honest, I was just happy not to be fighting somebody who was desperate to take me down," Jackson added.
"When you're fighting like a real man, a real MMA fighter, somebody who wants to fight, you know, stand and bang with you, you don't have to worry about somebody trying to take you down. So you can let the kicks go, let the knees go, you can do things. I would've done a flying knee but he was doing a great job.
"I'm going to tell you, this was the most stressful time of my whole career," he continued in reference to the Bellator situation.
"I've been fighting for 15 years and I had to deal with what I had to deal with just to get here. And I hope I never have to do that again. But like I said before my fight, I fight everything. I don't even know why I fight half the stuff I fight. Ask my kids. I fight them all the time. I fight everything.
"I want to give Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] a big thanks. They had my back, they helped me out. I'm going to say it right now."