Bellator MMA will be providing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson a homecoming this May, as they have announced Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for Bellator: Alvarez vs. Chandler III on May 17.
The pay-per-view will take place from The Landers Center in Memphis. In the main event, Eddie Alvarez will defend his lightweight title against Michael Chandler.
Jackson, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, will be fighting in Memphis for the first time in 15 years. He is a native of South Memphis.
“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17.”
The last time Jackson (34-11) fought in Memphis was his pro debut, a decision victory over UFC veteran Mike Pyle. He knocked out Christian M’Pumbu to advance to the finals of the season 10 tournament.
Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, topped Mikhail Zayats in the semis. He is also a native of Tennessee, and holds a 12-3 overall record.
“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”
Lawal has not competed in his native state since a 2010 decision over Gegard Mousasi to become the Strikeforce champion.