"Rampage" Heads Back to Bellator, Settles Lawsuit
After over two years of fighting Viacom-owned Bellator, a stoppage has finally come to the battle. If only for a brief time, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, will once again wear the red and blue gloves of the California-based promotion.
While no details as far as an opponent or return date were announced, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com wrote that Jackson’s new deal is for only two bouts--a possible sign that the agreement resemble community service hours and that he will be immediately headed back to the UFC following its conclusion. “Bellator MMA is thrilled to have ‘Rampage,’ one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, ‘King Mo,’ Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, (and) Linton Vassell, among others,” the organization expressed in a release. Jackson and Bellator first went at it when Jackson claimed that the company did not fully honor their contract through promotional efforts. Additionally, under the original Bellator concept of receiving title shots for surviving tournaments, “Rampage” a chance for the Light Heavyweight title after defeating “King Mo” Lawal in the finals of the Season 10 tourney at Bellator 120. “I’m not worried about what (Bellator is) doing, because I want to give (UFC executives) Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) big thanks in having my back,” Jackson said after UFC 186. “They helped me out, and I’m just going to say it right now – I was over there and Bellator can’t (expletive) with the UFC, so I ain’t scared.”