Bellator Confirms “Rampage” Jackson Deal
By FCF Staff
Former UFC light-heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will soon be fighting for one of the promotion’s leading competitors, as Bellator has announced that the 34 year-old vet has signed with the organization. According to a press release sent out by the company, the multi-year agreement will also see Jackson appear on TNA Impact Wrestling, which is another Viacom property that is broadcast on SPIKE TV.
“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney was quoted saying in a press release announcing the agreement. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”
“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. “Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”
No details regarding when Jackson will make his Bellator debut were included, however, the company has called a press conference in Los Angeles for Wednesday.
Jackson recently ended his six year run with the UFC by dropping consecutive bouts to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. The PRIDE vet secured the UFC title in 2007 by knocking out Chuck Liddell, but lost the belt to Forrest Griffin two bouts later.
The charismatic fighter’s new agreement with Viacom appears similar to the one former Strikeforce champ “King Mo” Lawal signed with the company, which also involves both Bellator and TNA Impact Wrestling.