MMAFighting.com Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is taking his talents to Bellator. Jackson, who did not re-sign with the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira in January, has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. According to those same sources, Jackson’s new deal will be similar to the one “King” Muhammed Lawal signed with the promotion last year, which gave him the opportunity to appear on TNA Impact Wrestling programming on Spike TV. Jackson has flirted with the idea of pursuing a pro wrestling career in the past, and it seems as though he will soon get a chance to showcase himself as a sports entertainer. Jackson’s Bellator debut has yet to be finalized, but a fall date appears to be a possibility. Bellator would not confirm the new contract when contacted by MMAFighting.com. Jackson tweeted Monday night, “Big news coming real soon.” The 34-year-old Jackson, a 14-year veteran of the sport, enters Bellator with a 32-11 record. He leaves the UFC as former light heavyweight champion and a 7-5 record inside the Octagon.
I seem to be thinking the opposite of the public opinion on this one, most of the Internet community seems to think that Rampage should have kept his mouth shut and remained with the UFC, I personally think signing with Bellator/TNA was a good career move for Rampage. He has lost his last three fights in the UFC and at 34-years-old was past his prime. I do not want to call Rampage washed up, but he no longer has what it takes to compete with the likes of the UFC’s top light heavyweights such as champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeria.
Rampage already plays a character, with his chain and trademark howl, he is essentially pre-packaged to be a professional wrestler and should excel in TNA. Let Rampage and King Mo Lawal either feud with each other or form a tag team together. It would be extremely entertaining.
When it comes to Bellator, hopefully Rampage fares better than King Mo, who was knocked out by Emanuel Newton in his second fight with the promotion, in the semifinals of the Light Heavyweight Tournament. Rampage cannot take Bellator lightly though, the promotion is loaded with talented and hungry young fighters, who would love to finish a legend.