Bellator MMA today confirmed the signing of Quinton Jackson and unveiled a “monumental, multi-year partnership” that includes work with TNA Wrestling and a reality series geared around his MMA debut.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“‘Rampage’ is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage,” Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney stated. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports and entertainment arena, and ‘Rampage’ is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”
Additional details will be announced at a Wednesday press conference in Los Angeles.
Jackson (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BFC), a former PRIDE fighter and ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion, split with the UFC earlier this year following consecutive losses to champ Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. By that point, he relationship with the organization, including UFC President Dana White, had soured, and both sides suggested a split would be advantageous.
Bellator and Spike TV, which Viacom owns, believe the 34-year-old should help sustain a ratings boost the organization saw earlier this year with its move from MTV2 to Spike TV.
“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” Spike TV President Kevin Kay stated. “‘Rampage’ is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”
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