Rampage Jackson nearly pulled from Bellator PPV by commission, fined 10k for weigh-in issues

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The Mississippi athletic commission were not fans of Quinton Jackson's antics at the Bellator 120 weigh-ins, and they claim that it almost cost him his spot on the card.

The Mississippi Athletic commission's head had a lot to say to MMA Fighting about Quinton Jackson's pre-fight antics leading up to his Bellator 120 bout with King Mo Lawal. Rampage pushed Lawal at the weigh-ins, which led to a bit of a scuffle amongst the two men. That's not exactly something that's all that unusual, but Jay Lewis stated that Jackson's demeanor following the incident actually almost led to his removal from the card after he was informed about the $10,000 fine for his actions:

Lewis clarified Jackson was to simply be given a fine for the act, but when he informed Jackson after the weigh-ins he was to be charged for the act, Lewis said Jackson became extremely irate.

Lewis described Jackson as an "out of control individual to the nth degree."

The commissioner went on to explain that Rampage wasn't very happy about that, and used a lot of colorful language to get his point across:

In his alleged belligerence backstage at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., following the weigh-ins, Lewis said Jackson '"got very heated. More so on his side. I'm not going to let him push me over."

Lewis claims Jackson then used a number of expletives in close physical quarters to communicate his displeasure with the commission decision. "He got very irate and at this point was f-bombing me pretty bad," Lewis said.

That was the point where removing Rampage from the card became possible, but they ultimately decided against it due to Jackson's apologies:

Lewis said it was bad enough, by his estimation, that removing Jackson from the card altogether was explored as an option. Ultimately, Lewis declined to exercise that option after speaking with the promoter. In addition, Jackson later apologized at the venue. "Rampage was very apologetic," Lewis said. "He said he deserved the fine and he was assessed one for it."

Rampage went on to win a controversial decision over Lawal in the main event of the card, which led to a whole new slew of trash talk from both men.

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