When Bellator MMA signed Rampage Jackson to a contract it came with a ton of fan fare, and excitement. The thing that Rampage seemed the most excited about was the ability to do other things. Boxing, TNA Pro Wrestling, Acting.... Rampage made sure to mention that he had written a script, that his new employers were going to help get into the right hands. I like most people still assumed that Bellator, and MMA would be Rampage's priority, but is quickly looking like MMA is going to be an afterthought?
First, we have seen Rampage on TNA wrestling several times since his signing, and he has been inserted into the biggest story line the company has going. Rampage is now a member of the "Main Event Mafia" as they feud with rival group "Aces & 8's." While TNA does not keep the busiest schedule, it is still a time commitment, and King Mo said during an interview that Rampage hasn't even been to the Pro Wrestling school that is required of him to start competing in actual matches. Not only will Pro Wrestling school be a time commitment, but guys learning that sport quickly find out how much pain, 4 hours a day of body slams, suplex's, and just bouncing off the ropes of a wrestling ring can inflict.
The next distraction, is the announcement that garnered a collective "WTF" from both the MMA, and boxing communities... of course I'm talking about the potential Rampage vs. Roy Jones Jr, boxing match in December. Rampage has exactly zero professional boxing matches to his credit, so if this Boxing match comes to fruition, Rampage will likely have spend a significant amount of time working on just boxing.
Rampage has also said several times that he is more than willing to abandon the weight class that he made his name at, and jump to Heavyweight so that he can avoid the weight cuts that come with making 205lbs. As bad as the Bellator HW division is, everyone of those young fighters is focused on their MMA career, and would love to make their name off a distracted Rampage Jackson.
We haven't even discussed Rampage's potential acting gigs. He dropped out a fight in his hometown of Memphis, TN, after a season of TUF, against heated rival Rashad Evans to take a movie roll... what do you think he would do to Bellator, in a 2500 person arena, if a movie roll presents itself.
With all of these distractions, I'm beginning to doubt that we will ever see Rampage Jackson in a MMA fight for Bellator. If we do, how committed to the sport is he going to be? This isn't a 25 year old Rampage making a name for himself in PRIDE, this is a 35 year old who has lost his last three MMA fights, and is clearly on the downside of his career, no matter how much TRT he puts into his system.