Courtesy of Damon Martin and official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report.

Rampage Jackson UFC on Fox 6Former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has apparently booked his first fight since signing with Bellator MMA, but it won’t be in an MMA bout.

Instead, Jackson is strapping on the boxing gloves and facing former multi-divisional champion Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match at a pay-per-view event later this year.

According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Jackson and Jones have agreed to a boxing match at an unspecified weight limit at a Viacom/Bellator produced pay-per-view to close out the year.

Bellator officials were unavailable for comment at the time of publication when contacted by Bleacher Report.

Jackson has been out of action since January when he lost a unanimous decision to Glover Teixeira in his final bout in the UFC. Following that fight, Jackson was granted his free agency and opted to sign a long-term deal with Bellator as well as additional deals in place with parent company Viacom as well as TNA pro wrestling.

Since signing his new deal, Jackson has been appearing on TNA wrestling while rehabbing an injured knee that ailed him for the biggest part of his last few fights with the UFC. There was no timetable for his return to action, although he speculated it would be before the end of 2013.

Now all signs are pointing towards Jackson stepping back into the cage/ring later this year while facing a former boxing legend in his return fight.

Roy Jones Jr. has had his name tossed around MMA circles for the last few years, most notably by former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva who long talked about facing him in a boxing match.

UFC president Dana White even teased that he was talking to Jones during UFC 162 fight week about possible making a deal to put him in the cage with Silva. Unfortunately that plan all fell to the wayside thanks to Chris Weidman ending Silva’s reign as champion with a second round knockout victory.

That left Jones without any potential opponents, but it seems Bellator and Viacom were still interested in matching him up with somebody from the MMA world and that somebody is Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

It’s unknown at this time how Viacom or Bellator would promote such a fight given the fact that they are not in the business of boxing, but the skeletal work is at least started on putting this bout together pitting Jackson against Jones in the boxing arena.

Check out more UFC and MMA coverage from official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report and Damon Martin.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor live results and play-by-play for PPV main card

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

Bloody Elbow will provide live updates and analysis for the UFC 189 main card. In the main event, Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor battle for the vacant UFC interim featherweight title. UFC 189 is set read news >>

UFC 189: Fight Card, PPV Start Time and Final Mendes vs. McGregor Predictions

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC 189 will conclude Saturday night in Las Vegas with the crowning of a new champion, as Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor meet for the interim featherweight belt. This fight was a late change, as cham read news >>

UFC 189 Fight Card: PPV Schedule, Odds and Predictions for Mendes vs. McGregor

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

One of the most anticipated fights of 2015 has finally arrived as Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes headline UFC 189 on Saturday in their bids to claim the interim UFC featherweight championship. Co-anc read news >>

UFC 189 fight card and lineup for Chad Mendes vs Conor McGregor PPV tonight

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

Fight card no longer subject to change! We made it ... finally. Even though it isn't what we had been promised -- over-promised actually thanks to an unprecedented, historically expensive promotional read news >>

UFC 189 weigh ins photos gallery for 'Mendes vs. McGregor' PPV in Las Vegas

  • 20 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC 189 weigh in photos gallery for the Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor-led mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Saturday night (July 11, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena read news >>

UFC 189 odds: Prop bets and lines for 'Mendes vs. McGregor' PPV in Las Vegas explained

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

The latest odds and betting lines for UFC 189 were posted earlier this week by yours truly, as we try to make sense of the numbers for the upcoming "Mendes vs. McGregor" pay-per-view (PPV) event this read news >>

UFC 189: Biggest Questions That Will Be Answered in Saturday's PPV

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

Considering how much the UFC product has felt subpar of late, building up excitement for the major events on the calendar has felt more of a chore than a natural emotional reaction. With UFC 189, tha read news >>

UFC 189 open workout photos gallery for 'McGregor vs Mendes' PPV in Las Vegas

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

UFC 189: "McGregor vs. Mendes" open workout photos gallery and pics for Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes pay-per-view (PPV) media event held Weds. (July 8, 2015) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plus read news >>

UFC 189 preview: Five burning questions for 'Mendes vs. McGregor' PPV in Las Vegas

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) platform this Saturday night (July 11, 2015) with a stacked UFC 189 fight card, featuring title fights in both the featherweight read news >>

'Countdown' to UFC 189 full videos replay online for 'Mendes vs. McGregor' PPV on FOX Sports 1

  • 25 days ago
  • 49 views

We're just days away from UFC 189, which takes place this Sat. night (July 11, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which means it's time to check out the "Countdown" to "Mendes read news >>