Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Signs with Bellator MMA and TNA Wrestling

June 4, 2013
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Quinton 'Rampage' JacksonQuinton “Rampage” Jackson has signed a multi-year contract that includes Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling, and Spike TV.

The agreement was jointly announced Tuesday by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO; Kevin Kay, Spike TV President; and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President.

“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “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.”

“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. “Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”

“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said Carter. “He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company.”

Rampage (32-11) hasn’t fought since January, his last bout for the UFC following a tumultuous tenure that often time saw him making public complaints about his dissatisfaction with his employer.

At the time of his Octagon exit, Rampage said that he wasn’t retiring, but was instead contemplating his role in a sport that he first began competing in 13 years ago.

“I been fighting for 13 years and the game has changed a lot. Maybe I’ll just be one of those fighters that come and incite the crowd and be like Gary Goodridge, one of the guys that just come on and put on a great show,” he said following a loss to Glover Teixeira in January.

“I’ll be one of those middle range fighters. If I’m a free agent, if a show wants to pick me up, want to put on exciting fights for their fans, I’m their guy.”

The move to Bellator/TNA/Spike is a logical choice for Rampage, who had been rumored to be signing with the Asian One FC fight promotion.

Rampage will be able to continue his career in MMA, continuing to draw off his name value in the sport, but will also have the opportunity to take part in professional wrestling and, presumably, other entertainment opportunities via Spike.

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  • Tiddy28

    Since his UFC departure this was always going to be Rampages new home. Mix in his wrestling deal and he’s got everything he wanted.

  • The Best Eva

    He’s going to get the fights he wants, he’s not interested in top competition anymore.

  • bajafox

    The only thing that is surprising is that it took this long. Was he still in contract with the UFC? I thought they officially released him a long time ago

    • Cptmats

      I believe the UFC had the option to match any offers that were made to Him for so long after his contract expired !

    • Mark McDowall

      They did. And I seem to remember Dana said he wouldn’t waste the UFC’s time trying to resign him after all the BS that Rampage was saying about them.

  • Joey

    I can’t wait see Rampage against the likes of Atilla Vegh, Christian M’pumbu, Emanuel Newton…..

    Oh wait, all those are less than appealing. Maybe if King Mo didnt get his ass KTFO last time out, they would have a money fight in the making.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I don’t know how I feel about Bellator anymore. I liked seeing new guys making names for themselves. Not former UFC fighters let go. Still a lot of talented fighters.

    • Mark McDowall

      Its the TNA part that bothers me. I still don’t see how anyone who calls themself a dedicated fighter, has the time to learn how to become a professional wrestler. If anyone thinks he’s doing this for a more noble reason than just a paycheck they are fooling themselves.

      Pooping all over his legacy IMO…

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Indeed

      • JDMMA

        Professional Wrestling is acting, showman ship & entertainment dont need much to practice or get good at it, just follow the script

        • Jason Gatties

          You are completely off base when you say pro wrestling is simply “acting.” I suggest you do some homework before you leave such foolish comments on a public forum

        • Mark McDowall

          Granted a majority of pro wrestling is acting, but those guys put their bodies through hell doing this stuff. They spend years just learning how to take a bump properly without getting hurt. You can’t just act your way through getting body slammed multiple times in a night.

  • ned sto

    Never thought Rampage was an exciting fighter. Very one dimensional. If anybody was a legend in their own mind, it is Rampage. His persona fits in nicely with TNA wrestling. Fake.
    It seems he’s gotten what he has desired, but he will never be relevant as a MMA fighter again. The rest of what he’s trying to do is.. bleh….who cares. I don’t hate the guy, be he has always come across as ‘unimpressive’ to me.

    • Dragon Kid

      his fights in pride were more exciting that his ufc matches.

  • Thomas Lonardo

    Rampage never impressed me He acts like a jerk I have enjoyed alot of his fights but hes not a great so let Bellator have him…

  • JDMMA

    Now we can finally see Rampage vs King Moe, end their fued in the cage instead of on Twitter

  • Informed One

    Glad I will never have to watch this guy again. Overrated, overpayed, I hope he gets crushed by a noob and fades into the wrastling world. What a poor excuse for a human, what happened to keeping it real?