Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Signs Deal with TNA Wrestling and Bellator

June 10, 2013 6:00 pm

Former UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has signed a new deal with rival MMA company Bellator and also with TNA Wrestling, Spike TV announced on June 4th.

Jackson joins King Mo, another Bellator fighter, who is also competing in TNA Wrestling. A press release noted the signing as a “monumental, multi-year partnership” between TNA Wrestling, Bellator MMA and Spike TV.

Spike TV also confirmed that they will be developing a new reality TV series chronicling Jackson’s journey and eventual debut in Bellator.

1370363208_2435_quintonFor weeks, TNA Wrestling’s President, Dixie Carter, teased that she was to reveal a major signing of a free agent in the coming weeks. Commenting in a press release, she said: “Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today. He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company.”

She later welcome Jackson to TNA Wrestling via her Twitter account, writing: “MMA Icon, Movie Star & now @IMPACTWRESTLING Superstar! Welcome Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (@Rampage4real) to the family.”

Jackson began his MMA career back in 1999 and has competed against the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones, Dan Henderson and others. Through the years he has expressed his admiration for professional wrestling and has always kept an open mind to actually competing in wrestling.

“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said in the press release.

“The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”

Spike TV President Kevin Kay also said: “We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA. Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA”

TMZ.com’s report of the story featured words from Jackson himself. He said: “When you look at my deal in the UFC, and the scope of what my deal with Bellator and TNA is, this is a dream come true.”

“When other fighters get the chance to see everything I’m able to do with this deal and the benefits it provides, you’re going to see a big change in MMA. I guarantee it.”

According to the TMZ story, Jackson quit the UFC earlier this year due to what he felt was unfair treatment and financial reasons.

Dana White, UFC President, sent a statement to TMZ saying: “Good for him. I couldn’t be happier for him. I hope he is happy. And good luck to him.”

There is no official confirmation as to the expected debut of Jackson in Bellator or TNA, but according to reports online, Jackson is allegedly looking for a debut in the fall.

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