Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Spike TV, Bellator MMA, and TNA Wrestling it was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President.
The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix runner up holds victories over such notable fighters as Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Dan Henderson, and Wanderlei Silva. In addition, the 32 year old light heavyweight was named fighter of the year by Sherdog in 2007, and is a two-time winner of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Fight of the Year Award. "Rampage" joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features "King Mo," Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.
"Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage" Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. "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."
"Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today," said Carter. "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,"
"We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA," said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. "Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA."
Spike fans remember Jackson from two seasons of coaching up and coming fighters on The Ultimate Fighter. Jackson has also made a splash on the silver screen, starring as B.A. Baracus in the 2010 film adaptation of "The A-Team".