UFC Announces That They’ve Re-Signed Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

December 21, 2014
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced during the UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway broadcast on Saturday that the organization had re-signed former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

“You guys have no idea how excited I am to be back. I just want to come back and come to the big show,” said Jackson. “The thing about Rampage is, Rampage always comes to excite the fans. I love the fans. I just want to give them exciting fights, so I’m very excited to be back. My actions are going to speak louder than my words.”

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Quinton-Jackson-Smirk-Hat-750Jackson (35-11) made his UFC debut at UFC 67 in February 2007 after logging an impressive resume in the Japanese-based Pride organization. After knocking out Marvin Eastman in his debut, Jackson dethroned the then-champion Chuck Liddell. He defended the title with a unanimous decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 75. Jackson was defeated by Forrest Griffin in his next outing, losing the title.

Following three consecutive losses, Jackson left the organization. He signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA in June 2013. He competed three times inside the Bellator cage, winning them all. He won the Bellator Season 10 Light Heavyweight Tournament in his last outing by defeating Muhammed Lawal by unanimous decision. The win earned him a shot at the Bellator light heavyweight title.

Jackson is reportedly still under contract with Bellator MMA, and the company is prepared to fight to keep him. Bellator president Scott Coker tweeted minutes after the announcement, “Let us be clear that Quinton Jackson is under an exclusive contract with Bellator MMA. We will protect our contractual rights.”

It appears that the two biggest mixed martial arts promotions in America are gearing up for a battle that will play out in the courts.

“This is where I belong. I belong here,” said Jackson about returning to the UFC.

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  • Darin

    This is not a “big announcement” . This smacks of desperation from the UFC. Pro wrasslers and old has-beens coming back is the best you can do?

    • GrasshopperMMA

      It is a big announcement because of Rampages fanbase. Rampage is what Dana would call a needle mover. I agree its a bit desperate by the UFC. I want to know if this going to court?? I know that Bellator didn’t hold up everything on their end which could void the contract and supposedly has. If not UFC will have bigger battles in court 2015 than fights lol.

      • Darin

        Well, who am I to argue with Grasshopper “Diaz will win” MMA? You clearly know your stuff.

        • GrasshopperMMA

          I forgot that your the type of dude to argue and live in the past. Are you right with every pick?? No one is. I even agreed with one of your comments. IDK what your problem is.

          • Ogitalianstallion

            He’s a troll who likes drama

          • burgerman7

            just because he is 4 feet tall ,nerdy and his sisters can beat him up doesnt mean his points aint valid!

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          • TheCerealKiller

            If he still has a contract with Bellatard, this isn’t news. Why would the UFC want him back after all the crap the talked about them? Any real MMA fan knows this guy is done.

          • GrasshopperMMA

            I agree. IDK why the UFC would want him back with everything he said. But he does gets buys. This dude is done but I’m still a Rampage fan. I guess he could be a gatekeeper.

  • jesoos

    What it comes down to is:
    The UFC clearly does not want Rampage to join/testify against the UFC in the upcoming Lawsuit.

  • drkdisciple

    what next? Tito and Ken Shamrock join the ufc? Dana loves rematches so we could have Tito vs Glamrock 13!

  • Original1993

    Rampage does and always had the “WOW” factor!……..Unfortunately, at the moment, the UFC has lots of talented fighters BUT many of them lack the ability to have the MASS APPEAL that sells tickets…….Bottom Line is, it is a business and they need to be profitable for survival…If that means bringing in BIG NAMES to drive up interest, so be it!.

    • RoBeRtOe

      That factor is long gone my friend. LONG GONE. He’ll continue to fight one dimensional, not add anything to his game and continue to make excuses. I thought the UFC had some “exciting news” to share last night. My thought is who cares?

  • blob

    Bring back Tito !!!

  • Muttley76

    At first I thought this was really strange, I mean, both Rampage n the UFC have done little but badmouth the other. Then I realized, they signed him purely to fight CM Punk! (Couldn’t help it, I love ‘Page and I’m DEFINITELY in the minority hoping that Punk will do well. Not a rasslin’ fan, but I respect anyone who will give up as much $ as I’m sure he did to chase a dream, especially late in life.)

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  • Seth

    I doubt UFC will make same mistake as Bellator did with Wandarlei – Im pretty positive UFC double-checked everything before they signed and I don’t see much that Scott can do now. But still – will be interesting to see him trying.

  • Dod

    He’s goona fight Shogun!!!

  • Wardsize

    So he’s going to fight a top 15 guy and stop crying about his ‘cheddah’?

  • John Youwer

    . How desperate is the UFC. 1st CM Punk and now this. Hey Dana, why don’t you bring back Tito too, you bald headed moron.