Light heavyweight Quinton Jackson is easily the biggest free agent Bellator has ever brought on board. However, considering he has fought on three occasions in the last two years, the prospect of “Rampage” taking to the cage an equal number of times in three months for a Bellator tournament seems pretty far-fetched.
Jackson confirmed the chance of being part of the company’s trademark title-structure was slim in a recent interview with The MMA Hour, though he didn’t entirely write off the possibility.
“I’m not looking forward to tournaments,” said Jackson of his recent agreement with Bellator, adding, “I don’t think I’m doing tournaments, but I’m a team player. If they think having me do a tournament will help with ratings, I’ll do a tournament.”
While he may never compete for a Bellator championship, the 34-year old former UFC champion is simply satisfied to be part of an organization he feels has his best interests at heart as well as those of MMA in general.
“I’m in a lot better place. It’s hard to explain. When you’re sweating tears and they won’t let you have sponsors, they tax the sponsors, you want to make a movie, The A-Team, a lot of people were up for that role, I felt like I was trying to further my career. You can’t fight forever. I took a lot of heat for that,” explained Jackson. “The UFC didn’t see the big picture. Bellator said, ‘We’ll get you movies. We’ll get you sponsors. It’s better for the brand and it’s better for the sport.’”
Jackson concluded the conversation by saying he was working on improving both his skills as a Mixed Martial Artist and a professional wrestler. No specific date has been linked to his Bellator debut though it is expected to occur this fall when Season 9 fires up on Spike TV.