Rampage Jackson is Back in the UFC
The UFC announced on Saturday that they have re-signed former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
The Return of Rampage
Rampage Jackson will return to the Octagon in 2015 after a two year absence. According to reports, Jackson “terminated” his contract with his current employer (Bellator Promotions) and met with UFC officials to finalize a deal.
Jackson and the UFC parted ways after the fighter lost three straight bouts from 2011-2013. Rampage then signed a multiple fight deal with Bellator MMA and went undefeated there in three fights. However, with the recent change in the promotion’s top management, Jackson said he was no longer happy with his contract. He said that he had not fought or has been booked to a fight after his Pay Per View bout with King Mo Lawal. Before leaving the UFC, Jackson also criticized them for the way he was treated. Apparently, both parties have mended fences as Jackson is ready to return to their fold.
However, moments after the UFC’s announcement, Bellator MMA said that Jackson is still part of their promotion. According to a tweet from Bellator CEO Scott Coker, Jackson is still under exclusive contract with Bellator MMA and that they will protect their contractual rights. Sources are saying that Bellator doesn’t intend to release Jackson and that a potential legal battle could ensue if this is not resolved soon.
After losing to Glover Texeira in January 2013, Jackson took Bellator MMA by storm after knocking out Joey Beltran and Christian M’Pumbu in succession. His last win was a unanimous decision victory over Bellator’s staple superstar Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal during the Bellator 10 Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals last May. While Lawal has fought twice after that bout at Bellator 123 and 131, Jackson has been in Bellator’s freezer.
A UFC Legend Killer
Jackson was one of the UFC’s most popular stars and legend killers. He owns victories over Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Keith Jardine and most recently Lyoto Machida. Jackson won the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out Liddell at UFC 71. He defended it once against Dan Henderson but lost the title to Forrest Griffin in his next bout. The last time he fought for the UFC title, he was submitted by Jon Jones at UFC 135. That loss started the three fight skid that led to his ouster from the UFC’s roster.
Aside from his UFC stint, Jackson played the part of B.A. Barracus in the movie version of The A-Team in 2010. He also was part of TNA Professional Wrestling from 2013-14. Although Bellator pulled him from TNA’s programming, he remains part of the pro wrestling promotion’s website.
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