LOS ANGELES – Longtime light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson said he could make the move to heavyweight now that he’s signed with Bellator MMA.
The ex-UFC champion, who recently a signed a multi-year deal with the rival promotion that also includes work with TNA Wrestling and a four-part reality series geared around his Bellator debut, said age and competition are reasons for the potential move.
He unveiled the plan today during a press conference in Los Angeles.
“I’m thinking of heavyweight because I’m getting older now,” said Jackson, who also mentioned a lack of competition at 205 pounds. “I want to start smashing some big guys.”
Throughout the media event, Jackson continually praised Bellator, including the organization’s willingness to let him return to acting gigs, while taking potshots at his former home with the UFC. He said his new deal could lay the groundwork for other fighters to make the jump from the UFC to Bellator, which currently airs its events on Spike TV.
Jackson and Bellator officials haven’t determined if his first fight will come in one of the organization’s four- or eight-man tournaments, or in a non-tourney affair. But with a knee injury quickly healing, he’s hoping to fight by year’s end.
Jackso (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BFC) recently closed out his UFC career with a three-fight skid, which included losses to champ Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. In 12 UFC fights, he posted an overall 7-5 record.
The fighter, who’s ranked No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA light-heavyweight rankings, announced his split with the UFC following his January loss to Teixeira. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, UFC President Dana White said Jackson made nearly $16 million during his five-year run in the UFC. But his constant clashes with UFC officials, as well as a high-profile arrest in 2008 for two felonies related to hit and run and evading police, turned the relationship sour. Jackson also launched an acting career, which included a starring role in the 2010 film remake of “The A-Team,” that took away from his time in the cage, which drew some ire from White.
For the latest on Bellator’s schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.view original article >>
UNCASSVILLE, Conn. — Bellator up-and-comer A.J. McKee is grateful for the lessons from his dad about how to thrive in and out of the cage.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
The Bellator roster continues to bloom with the signing of former UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>
Ilima Macfarlane is determined to be part of the inaugural Bellator women's flyweight championship fight. She doesn't know when the belt will be introduced or who her opponent would be, but said she' read news >>
Valerie Letourneau has become the latest UFC veteran to ink a deal with Bellator MMA. read news >>
A fourth championship fight will unfold when Bellator makes its debut in New York City on June 24 as Phil Davis will defend his light heavyweight championship against Ryan Bader.Filed under: Bellator read news >>
Following an injury to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, light heavyweight champion Phil Davis will step in and put his belt on the line at Bellator 180. read news >>
0-0. In certain contexts, it's a pretty auspicious pro MMA record. One of those contexts occurs when you see the 0-0 on a pay-per-view card. There aren't many modern fighters this side of CM Punk who read news >>
Bellator MMA today confirmed the main card for its second pay-per-view event while confirming additional bouts for its Spike-televised lead-in, Bellator 180. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
The biggest night in Bellator history continues to grow, as the fight promotion on Tuesday firmed up addition bouts for Bellator NYC and Bellator 180. read news >>
Bellator MMA is returning to Oklahoma with a main event pitting Patricky “Pitbull” Freire against Derek Campos. read news >>