This week, Bellator FC made news when they announced that they had signed UFC throwaway Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to a multi fight deal that includes appearances in TnA Wrestling and a possible reality series. Whether the deal works out for Bellator is anybody’s guess as their are huge risks involved with a deal like this. The bottom line is it may not work out, but we will still have old Quinton Jackson to bet on at the sport books when all is said and done. No word on opponents or a game plan for Jackson yet, but let’s take a look at it.
Bellator deserves some credit for sticking to their game plan, as this strategy of co-promoting with TnA went woefully wrong for them with the ‘King’ Mo signing. Mo lost in his Bellator debut, and in his brief appearances on TnA he looked small and was terrible on the microphone. But they signed Jackson, which means we are in for more of the same.
Jackson is nearing 35 years old, and has over 40 fights, many of them long, hard wars in his heyday, so it will really be hit or miss as to whether Jackson can still perform as a fighter. He dropped 3 fights in a row at the end of his UFC contract, and though he claims to be rejuvenated because of his new deal, it remains to be seen how he will perform.
Bellator could be planning to have a Jackson versus ‘King’ Mo match after some buildup, however they would be better served by letting Jackson be done with the cutting of weight and inserting him into their Heavyweight class. It would be a huge shakeup for a weight division that frankly makes Bellator look C class, not even B class. It also keeps Jackson away from ‘King’ Mo, which would allow TnA to possibly use them as a tag team.
Be on the lookout for Bellator announcing an opponent and a date for Jackson’s first fight. It is likely to be a squash match where he wins, but it will still be interesting to see how much work Jackson puts into the so called ‘partnership’.