Quinton “Rampage” Jackson didn’t feel any added pressure when his bout with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was moved from co-main event to main event status for tonight’s Bellator 120 event.
That’s because the former UFC light heavyweight champion always believes he was in the main event anyway.
“To be honest, when I signed, I just assumed I was the main event,” said Jackson, during a recent interview with Sherdog.com’s radio show Beatdown, “because the fight was going down in my hometown. I think I learned later that I wasn’t the main event, but it didn’t change anything for me.”
Jackson and Lawal took the spot of Eddie Alvarez-Michael Chandler after Alvarez suffered a head injury and was forced out of the lightweight title fight. Their bout will be for the Season 10 light heavyweight tournament title, and with it, a future championship match.
After long runs in other promotions, Jackson and Lawal will finally be able to settle their lengthy feud inside the cage.
“‘King Mo’ has most definitely motivated me to put in extra work,” Jackson said. “My fight alone is going to be worth the pay-per-view. This is one of the few grudge matches going on right now in MMA where (we) honestly don’t like each other. I’m going to put on an exciting fight.”
Jackson (34-11) has won both of his first two Bellator fights via first round knockout, taking care of Joey Beltran and Christian M’Pumbu. Prior to that, he had lost three straight with the UFC, including a submission defeat at the hands of Jon Jones, the reigning light heavyweight champion.