Confused by that headline? I’ll walk you through it. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, of course, is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He lost his last fight in the UFC to Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision back in January, and he has decided not to re-sign with Dana White’s mixed martial arts organization.
Instead, Jackson is said to be headed to Bellator. MMAFighting.com is reporting that his contract is exclusive, but it will allow him to appear on Spike TV’s Impact Wrestling, the flagship program of the WWE competitor TNA.
Yep, it sounds like Jackson fancies himself a bit of a pro wrestler. It might not be such a bad move for a 34-year-old fighter whose MMA skills have clearly passed their peak and whose larger-than-life persona was always a strength. Though it’s difficult to imagine him rising to mainstream star status in a pro wrestling promotion as irrelevant as TNA, it’s not hard to see him making an impact (pun intended) in TNA.
Perhaps we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves here, though. Bellator wouldn’t sign Jackson unless he intended to engage in at least a few more real fights before he transitions to the world of pretend punches.
The new contract hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it sounds like it’s only a matter of time. Last night, Jackson tweeted the following message to his followers:
It’s gonna feel good putting this chain back on… Big news coming real soon. twitter.com/Rampage4real/s…
— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) June 4, 2013