Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was officially announced as the latest member of the Bellator MMA roster earlier this week, signing a multi-fight, multi-promotion deal with the company.
That means Jackson will be seen inside the Bellator cage, on TNA Impact Wrestling and in several shows on Spike TV. For the man who starred in the remake of “The A-Team,” this was a perfect business decision.
“I’m very excited to be a part of this family. You have no idea. This is something I’ve been dreaming about and waiting for years. I’ve been fighting for 12 years,” said Jackson, during a conference call. “I have a promoter that ‘gets it.’ He’s like one of the fighters. We put our life on the line and we entertain the fans. Sometimes, in the past with promoters, I just felt like I wasn’t appreciated.”
Jackson said his problems in the UFC started when he left the promotion for an extended period to film the movie. He said that UFC president Dana White didn’t agree with the decision, but he was not allowed to go further into detail.
No date has been set for Jackson’s Bellator debut, but he mentioned possibly competing at heavyweight instead of 205 pounds, unless an attractive matchup is presented.
“I want to be an action guy, I want to be a big kid and you guys are making my dreams come true. It makes me feel like all the hard work and all the things I did to my body in the past is all paying off now. I lost a lot of love for MMA when I was in the UFC. Honestly they just killed it, they drained it, but this new deal got me so excited and instantly brought the love back. It’s hard to explain the way I feel now. I’m happy to be a part of the team.”