Rampage Jackson eyes Bellator Heavyweights and TNA tag-team with King Mo

Photo via Dave Doyle of MMA Fighting (Twitter)

A day after announcing his newly signed contract with Bellator, Rampage appeared on a media conference call to discuss his decision. He promised a renewed love for MMA and possibly looking at King Mo as a tag team partner for TNA.

Light Heavyweight Quinton Jackson made a big impression when he came into the UFC in 2007. In only his second fight with the promotion he dethroned Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 to take the 205 lb. strap. However, in his final three fights with the UFC, he left with a whimper. He lost all three of those fights, each in a more disappointing performance than the last.

Rampage never hesitated to voice his displeasure with the company in his final year or so with the UFC and chose not to renew his contract after it expired in his fight against Glover Teixeira at UFC On Fox 6 in January. Instead, he chose to leave the promotion and sign with MMA's #2 organization Bellator MMA. Rampage said on Wednesday's conference call that he couldn't be happier with his decision (via MMA Fighting):

Me and Bellator, we tongue kissing right now, baby

There's definitely good reason for Jackson to be excited going into his new contract. In addition to fighting for Bellator on Spike TV, he'll be performing as a professional wrestler for TNA. On top of that, Spike TV president Kevin Kay took Quinton to meet "the guys" over at Paramount Pictures so he can pursue his acting career as well.

The date for Rampage's hasn't been announced yet as he's still recovering from a knee injury. However, he did say that he's not limiting himself to Bellator's Light Heavyweight division (via MMA Weekly):

I finally got the love back and I’m thinking about going to heavyweight because I’m older now.

I think heavyweight would be a good move because I like the big guys. I think I’d be faster than them. I don’t mind trying to knock out some big guys.

While many would have expected him to face his former rival "King" Mo Lawal, the two appear to have reconciled and are thinking about teaming up at TNA:

Mo's an MMA fighter and a wrestler, I'm an MMA fighter and a wrestler. So me and Mo, we're talking about teaming up and being tag team partners in TNA. Me and Mo, we didn't see eye-to-eye in the past. I thought I was going to have to put a whuppin' up on Mo, I ain't going to lie. I thought I was going to have to whup up on Mo. But Mo's actually a cool guy

Considering Rampage's recent lackluster performances, it's hard to predict how well he'll do when he finally debut's with Bellator. It's possible that he returns with his promised rekindled love for MMA, or he could fall short like Renato Sobral and King Mo did in season 8.


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