Bellator News: ‘Rampage’ Gets Joey Beltran at 108!

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Veteran Joey Beltran (above) steps in for Tito Ortiz to face Quinton Jackson in Bellator on November 15th.

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will be facing UFC veteran (14-9 overall) Joey Beltran at Bellator 108 on November 15th, in Atlantic City. As everyone knows by now, ‘Rampage’ was supposed to fighting this weekend as the main event of Bellator’s first PPV against Tito Ortiz, however Ortiz’ neck injury forced the match to be cancelled. Bellator moved the event off of PPV, but one of the remaining big questions from that fiasco was ‘When will Quinton Jackson fight?. Well, that question has been answered.

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Beltran is a veteran of the UFC, where he has a lopsided 3-6-1 overall record. He has campaigned most of his career at Heavyweight, but was last seen dropping a split decision to Fabio Maldonado at 205 lbs on October 9th. He actually beat Igor Pokrajac in the UFC back in December, but had the matched ruled a NC due to a failed PED test. The UFC released him shortly after his loss to Maldonado.

Beltran has been able to take the better opponents on his resume and extend them the full fifteen minutes, going the distance with the likes of Stipe Miocic, Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry and James Te Huna and look for him to extend ‘Rampage’ the full fifteen minutes. Just don’t expect him to win.

Beltran will have a little over 2 weeks notice for the fight, but he fought earlier month and should at least be in fighting shape. Look for Jackson to be a wide favorite when the lines come out. Jackson has been bought in by Bellator to be the face of the company, and Beltran, despite being latino and from Southern California, is not Tito Ortiz as far as name value by a longshot.

The only thing that can really beat ‘Rampage’ here is a fluke, or ‘Rampage’ himself. Jackson has been working extensively with the TnA wrestling promotion, and has even had to spend time studying in ring moves and microphone work. He’s still terrible at both from a pro wrestling perspective, but where is his fighting? For all his talk of being reinvigorated by the move to Bellator, we have not seen him in the cage, and with athletes plus 35 who cant be dedicated 100% to the sport, I am going to ask Jackson to show me in a fight. Beltran will make him work, at least.

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