Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in a Boxing Match? It’s Agreed to for a Year-End PPV

July 25, 2013
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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.

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  • Milosc

    Wow. Who knew?

  • TheCerealKiller

    What a joke… yeah, Rampage is known for his excellent boxing skills. This will be worse than the Toney Couture fight.

    • shakejunt

      nah, at least we’ll see someone get punched in the head a little bit.

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

    I might get a lot of hate for this but I like this boxing match up better then Silva vs Jones. Anderson is a thai boxer, he has nothing to prove in western boxing. Rampage is a sick boxer. His hands are always positioned, crisp and he has good head movement. Just my opinion.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Three loses in a row… that’s who you want from MMA to go fight a boxing match?

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

        3 losses in MMA, 1 by submission. 1 by being out wrestled. and 1 loss in a pretty good back and fourth battle. I’ve followed Quinton for a long time and I don’t want to hold those losses against him. He’s always willing to stand and bang, and maybe a boxing match will give him some motivation to show he’s no bum. Once again really just my opinion but who would you pick? This isn’t anything I even thought about, they said Rampage and I liked it but I haven’t even considered anyone else.

        • TheCerealKiller

          No one really. A gate keeper boxer should be able to out box any MMA fighter. It’s all they train! I don’t have any interest in this “freak show” kind of fights.

          • http://www.DavidJBradley.com/ David J. Bradley

            The UFC was made on freak show fights…. ;)

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

            Which ones? B/C I remember Dana saying he never wanted freak show fights and use guys famous form other professions to increase ratings. Herschel Walker an example? Although Dana did say he was doing good for an older guy.

          • Random

            Why does everyone always assume this? It’s like you can’t have boxing skills just because you’re in one sport. Holly Holm is a girl from down the block who boxes her whole life, went 33-1 or something in boxing, couldn’t land a punch to save her life in her last MMA bout. Knocked her opponent out with a head kick. You just never can assume. It’s not like Rampage doesn’t box… And Roy Jones is shot.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Did you just seriously compare womens MMA to anything combat sports? WMMA is right now equal to UFC 2.

          • David

            Women’s mma is comparable to today’s men’s mma! The women train with the dudes fighting right now the only difference is that theirs not as much competition. Have you ever watched a women’s mma fight? It’s actually on average pretty entertaining. I normally don’t like to say someone’s opinion is stupid but I have read a few of your comments in the past and your sexist among other things. I really feel bad for you though I guess you must of had a tough childhood.

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

            Oh man. You had to go there. I like you man and I respect all of your opinions but I see it very differently. In short; mma boxing is a true realistic fight style of boxing. The angles, the low stance, the movement to avoid and counter kicks, knees and elbows is much more different then western boxers are used to. I respect boxing but that’s just how I see it. If you want to get deep into it please follow me on facebook or twitter and message me, we can talk all day and have a fun debate/conversation on it. I’m sure we will both have interesting points.

          • Werdoomb

            That’s not true.

            Go watch K-1 bouts. MMA fighters do surprisingly well in K-1. In fact, Quinton is undefeated in K-1. (okay…I get it).

            I don’t see anything different in boxing.

            Dude, Lil Nog and Kharitonov, BJJ and Sambo fighters, have won medals in amateur competitions. I am sure they could destroy gate-keeper boxers.

            Lil Nog and Kharitonov would lose to world-class boxers but not to gatekeepers.

      • Werdoomb

        Jones: Understandable
        Bader: lost via wrestling
        Glover: was a decision.

        I mean…it’s not like Rampage got Zulu’d in his last three fights.

        And Roy Jones is coming out of a retirement bro.

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

      Ha ha, I don’t know man but they better have a stacked card and not rely on this fight to bring in numbers.

      • JeremyDiogenes.

        Crisp, good head movement? An old, retired Roy Jones is going to put a beating on Rampage. ‘page is way too slow and stiff.

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

          Maybe. But we’ll see. I’m hoping for a good fight.

          • Werdoomb

            I am actually looking forward to to this fight as well and I don’t think it’s going to be a one-sided beating.

            Quinton is younger than Roy Jones and definitely better conditioned than Roy at this point. Don’t underestimate MMA fighters. They are tough. They go through excruciating training. But boxing is a completely different sport than MMA. From what I hear, MMA fighters can usually last 2 to 3 rounds against a boxer but towards the later rounds they start wilting and start getting sloppy.

            Jones is a gold medalist, former multidivisional champ, and probably one of the most, if not the most, decorated boxers of all time. When it comes to boxing, you can’t get better than Roy Jones. But…he is old and is coming out of retirement to take this fight.

            So this is essentially a bout between a younger, better conditioned MMA fighter vs a retired world-class boxer.

            Trust me, Rampage will not get KOed in the first three rounds. This will be an awesome show.

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

            Very good points. I most likely will not buy the PPV but I am intrigued by this match up.

    • Supaman

      you’re absolutely right that Rampage will be a more intriguing boxing bout than Anderson.

      However, a big issue for Rampage will be speed. Even an old, retired Roy Jones is going to be blazing compared to an old Rampage (who’s never had much speed in the first place).

      the most significant problem though is that MMA boxing is far different from regular boxing. First, it begins w/ footwork & distance. MMA stance is different b/c you have to account for takedowns, Most overlooked but very significant aspect is blocking w/ gloves. The way you position your hands/arms to block in MMA & regular boxing is HUGE difference b/c of the size difference in gloves.

      Roy will basically turn Rampage into a huge human punching bag that’ll try to throw bombs.

      The fight that needs to be made in Bellator is Rampage vs. King Mo. They already have bad blood and I’m surprised they haven’t announced this fight yet.

      And if I had to pick an aging MMA star to crossover into boxing, I’d pick Vitor. his handspeed, counter-punching, decent jab when he uses it, also has previous boxing training/experience.

      Lil Nog had trained w/ Brazilian Olympic boxing team and vastly improved his boxing skills, but he just lacks the handspeed. Also, his inability to handle Sokodjou’s uppercuts on the inside means he’d get wrecked in a boxing bout w/ a pro boxer.

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

        Supaman, glad to hear from you. Last I looked King Mo and Rampage were cool, they got together in a small interview. If I’m not mistaken. Would be a good fight though. You have some good points but I’m just not convinced. My favorite boxers of all time btw are Mayweather and Tyson. Please people be easy on me lol. But IMO those are my favorites ever with no disrespect to anyone else’s skills and records.

      • Fat Bloke

        How is Rampage a more intriguing match for Roy Jones than Anderson? I’m not saying this is the most accurate comparison but how did Rampage go against Forrest compared to Anderson?

        • Werdoomb

          Well, the theory is that Forrest either had an extremely good year when he beat Rampage (kinda like Sokoudju) or Anderson fought a past-prime Forrest whereas Rampage fought the best Forrest could offer.

          Go see Forrest vs Shogun II.

    • DamianCross

      I ask myself this question every time the UFC holds a pay per view event too.

  • Lawdog1521

    Dear Quinton,

    We are writing this to inform you that we’re not as fast or skilled as you think we are.

    Your friends,

    Your Hands.

    PS: Your gut also says hello and wishes you’ll reconsider.

  • Joe

    I can see the headline now “Roy Jones Jr. Knocks out MMA”

  • Mark McDowall

    Rampage is doing this to feed his bank account and his ego plain and simple. Both have been out of the spot light for a while and need to fluffed a bit.

    He will show up for this fight out of shape and get slapped around for a while resulting in a loss. Him saying “I want to try it on against the heavy weights” is Quentonese for I don’t want to train as hard or cut weight…just pay me to show up and if I win a few then great. This is nothing but a pay check for him…

  • Pain

    Hell, Roy Jones is too old to be fighting someone like Rampage. The most he can hope to do to Rampage is outbox him.

    • Advance*

      Haha I think Roy will be happy to outbox him in a boxing match

      • Werdoomb

        I don’t think so.

      • Pain

        He’s faster than Rampage so he would definitely out-point him but he aint knocking Rampage out. Roy better worry about Anderson Silva now.

  • Asa

    Huge rampage fan, but his “boxing” is only good in mma standards! No boxer will beat a world champion mma fighter in a cage, and no mma fighter will beat a world champion boxer in the ring! I like mma way more than boxing and i trained boxing in my youth, but theres a HUGE gap between great mma boxing and boxiing. Jones will destroy rampage unfortunitly. Oh well gpod check.for rampage im sure.

    • Werdoomb

      except Roy Jones “was” a world champion in boxing that is coming out of “retirement”.

  • http://www.stillswordsandmotion.com/ Scott Hampton

    Both men are well past their prime. I admire them both, having followed their careers and fights over the years. While I believe Roy Jones, Jr. would win, it wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Rampage took a tremendous amount of knees from Wanderlei before getting knocked out, then he knocked Wanderlei out cold with a left hook in return. Roy beat a legitimate heavyweight in John Ruiz, after moving up to face Ruiz in his comfort zone. It’s too bad we didn’t get the opportunity to see this fight with a prime Roy Jones, Jr. (such as in the Montel Griffith fight) and a PRIDE version of Rampage…

    • drkdisciple

      Even during his pride days when he was at his prime do you really believe that Rampage would have had a chance against Roy Jones in Boxing? With no wrestling, slams, knees and elbows Roy Jones would have destroyed him then like he will destroy him now. Rampage is far from being a pro boxer and if he was good enough to have given Roy Jones trouble he would have made way more money in boxing then he did in MMA.

      • http://www.stillswordsandmotion.com/ Scott Hampton

        A chance, yes. Not the greatest chance, no, yet a chance nonetheless. Rampage was a tough, proud cookie and would have likely stood in front of Roy, barely moving, taking his best shots for a while. Roy mentioned that he wanted to fight Holyfield and was concerned about Holyfield, and the other big guys, taking his punch and not backing up. Roy is, by far, the boxer with better skills, and I believe he would have beaten Rampage.

  • John Hazard

    Jones couldn’t last with Rampage in a cage and Rampage can’t hang with Jones in a ring. pointless fight.
    note: sorry Asa, I read your post after I wrote the above. didn’t mean to copy.

  • Advance*

    I think this is going to be a boring fight. Rampage has never been a volume puncher in MMA and he’s going to have a hard time hitting Roy. It’s going to be the confused Rampage that we’ve seen in the Octagon for the past few years

  • grashopper

    Roy at one time was great but he got old he can’t move like he use to he should have quit after winning the hw belt but like most stayed to long. Page is a little bitch that crys about everything that don’t go his way.He needs to stick to impact wrestling because he is just as fake as it.I know for sure I will not be buying one ppv.

    • Werdoomb

      Rampage is not fake you TUF noob.

      • Asa

        We see who you a fan of lol. Rampage is not a boxer! He is trash in boxing, mms boxing is trash compared to boxers. Just like a boxer cant fight mma witj no training. Roy WAS a world champ so hes. obvioisly far more advanced im boxing! Then again rampage aint wrestled in mma fights since pride, he just stands and bangs. So roy could prob beat him in the cage too

        • Pain

          Roy could prob beat him in the cage? Dude, you gotta tell me where you get that s*** you are smokin. That’s gotta be some good s***!

      • grashopper

        Page beat who in the ufc Chuck and Wanderlei Silva. Dan Henderson by decision and that only because he was the bigger man.He lost to Forrest Griffin come on that’s funny as hell so yea page is fake and yes I proud to be a TUF noon jackass

      • TheCerealKiller

        Here he goes with the “N” word again…

  • Sensei_jr

    Unless Face, Hannibal and Murdock show up to rescue him this will be a long night for Rampage!

  • AXE MURDERER

    WOW Bjorn beat White to the punch on this one. Lool, Can you imagine if this Freak Show makes more $$$ than any UfC event? Dana will off himself!