In 2013 former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson left the company after his contract and agreed to a contract with Bellator during the summer. Jackson was supposed to face former UFC star Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator’s first pay-per-view, but Ortiz suffered a neck injury that postponed the fight. Jackson went onto debut two weeks later and knocked out Joey Beltran. A question always arose though when Jackson signed with Bellator, was if he would compete in their tournament to get a title shot. We now have that answer.
It was announced today on a conference call that Jackson will compete in the light heavyweight tournament that starts on the premiere episode of the new Bellator season. The fight will take place at Bellator 110 and Jackson will battle former Bellator light heavyweight kingpin Christian M’Pumbu. The other two participants in the tournament will fight that night as well as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal faces Russian submission ace Mikhail Zayats.
Jackson is excited for the opportunity to compete for the chance to be the light heavyweight champion.
“This is what Bellator is all about,” Rampage said. “I’ve never felt better, and now it’s about getting the belt. Bellator is all about the tournaments, and if that’s what you need to do to get that belt, that’s what I’m going to do. M’Pumbu is up first, and when I finish him, it’s King Mo or Zayats, and then it’s onto the belt, simple as that.”