Bellator is out of the Quinton “Rampage” Jackson business.
Jackson had been with Bellator since November 2013. Along the way, he did have one return fight with the UFC as he felt there was a breach in his contract. Cooler heads prevailed and he ended up sticking with the promotion for a few more years. “Rampage” was with Bellator during both the Bjorn Rebney and Scott Coker eras.
Jackson was last seen inside the Bellator cage back in December 2019. He suffered a first-round TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko. Speaking to reporters following the Bellator 253 ceremonial weigh-ins, Coker revealed that “Rampage” is no longer a member of the Bellator roster (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“‘Rampage’ Jackson, he’s another legend. When he fought his fight in Toyko, that was his last fight with Bellator. We haven’t even talked to him or engaged in any kind of conversations. He’s a complete free agent to sign wherever he wants to. … If you look at the direction the company is headed, it’s heading in a different direction.”
At the age of 42, many are wondering what’s next for “Rampage.” Jackson has found success outside of the cage with his Twitch channel, sponsorships, and his Cameo page.
If Jackson decides to return to action, it’ll be interesting to see which promotion would sign him. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has a pro MMA record of 38-14.