As part of the deal, Jackson will also star in a reality TV show on Spike TV leading up to his MMA debut for Bellator.
“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.”
This deal is similar to one that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal signed with the companies involved last year. More details on this deal will be announced during a press conference on Wednesday in Los Angeles followed by a conference call with media.
“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said TNA President Dixie 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.”
Jackson (32-11), a former UFC light heavyweight champion and Pride champion, left the UFC earlier this year following loses to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. At that point, his relationship with the UFC and President Dana White had gone south to the point where both parties decided a split was necessary.
Spike TV is hoping that Jackson and his personality will help provide a ratings boost to both Bellator and TNA Wrestling. It is not known yet what role Jackson will have with the wrestling 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.”