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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV as it was jointly announced today by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President. The landmark partnership includes Jackson competing in Bellator MMA, along with joining the superstars of TNA’s “Impact Wrestling,” which includes fellow Bellator fighter “King Mo” Lawal. Spike TV will also create a special reality series featuring Rampage that will lead into his debut with Bellator, as well as other entertainment initiatives.
“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “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.”
“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said Carter. “He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company,”
Jackson (32-11) joins Bellator as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo”, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.
The charismatic fighter from Memphis, TN began his professional MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson among others.
More information regarding this signing will be made available at Wednesday’s press conference. Details on the press conference will be released shortly.
Former UFC light heavyweight chmap Rampage Jackson has been going after Joe Rogan lately. It seems Jackson has taken offense to Rogan’s pro-jiu jitsu way of calling fights during UFC events. Rogan has trained jiu jitsu for years and seems to favor ground fighters when doing play by play.
Jackson will face Ryan Bader in the co-main event. The winner will stay in the mix for a title shot but the winner will need a lot of work to get back in the mix. Rampage can’t afford another loss if he wants to stay relevant at 205.
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rampage Jackson went off on the UFC brass today in the UFC on Fox 6 conference call. There are several reasons why Rampage wants out but apparently Reebok not paying the UFC sponsorship tax is one of the big ones.
According to Jackson,
My reasons for wanting to leave the UFC is still the same. Matchmaking is just one of the reasons. It’s nothing about money. I’ve done this interview several times before and don’t want to go into it. I have a new reason. I’m sponsored by Reebok and UFC says I can’t wear Reebok in the cage. Stupid stuff like that. It’s not about money, it’s about respect. I’d rather take a money cut to go to another show and get appreciated. I’m sponsored by Reebok, just not allowed to wear it in the cage. I can’t wear Reebok while I fight.
I think in my opinion, the fighters do a lot for the sport and we’re not taken care of well enough. I feel like they’re getting rich off of all of us. We’re having surgeries and injuries and some of these guys can’t afford to pay sparring partners and stuff like that. I don’t want to be a part of the sport like that. I want to go where they treat their fighters like human beings.
The Memphis native will be a free agent after his fight later this month and could jump to Bellator or Legacy, or anyone else willing to pony up to pay the man.
Rampage Jackson and Joe Rogan have kissed and made up after the former champ went off on Twitter about the UFC commentator. Rogan went out of his way to talk to Jackson and clear the air. Rampage is pretty temperamental about things and gets his feelings hurt a lot all the time.
I an a new interview with Triumph United Rampage gave his thoughts on Rashad Evans entering the cage after defeating Keith Jardine at UFC 96.
You know what, it don’t matter. But you know I wanna get into that black on black crime. He come get in my face, trying to take my glory. For real though, his breath smelled like he lost a fight with a bull’s booty. He got all up in my face, and I was like, “Damn, smell like he been eating poop jerky.
Also Rampage says he may pursue acting one day.
Me and John Cena been talking, he said he’s got a real funny movie that he has me in mind for the lead role. Right now, when I got the time off, I’m gonna be working with an acting coach. I’m also gonna be working hard, I’m gonna start hitting the weights for real in the gym! I gotta get right! Get my jaw all healed up, start doing jaw pushups. So next time Sick Dog (Hector Ramirez) hits me with an uppercut with my mouth open, it’s gonna hurt his fist.