Rampage Jackson’s Bellator Debut Proves To Be A Ratings Success

rampage bellator 108A lot of buzz was surrounding the Bellator debut of former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson this past Friday at Bellator 108. Jackson was supposed to make his debut for the organization at Bellator 106 on November 2nd against Tito Ortiz, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight due to a neck injury. Ortiz was replaced by Joey Beltran.

Bellator 108 drew an average of 793,000 viewers, which was the second highest rating of the season behind Bellator 106 featuring the Michael Chandler vs Eddie Alvarez lightweight title fight. The Jackson vs Beltran fight drew 1.1 million viewers with the fight peaking at 1.2 million viewers. The fight had Jackson defeating Beltran by knockout with seconds remaining in the first round.

The last Bellator event of the season takes place on Friday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a main event of Alexander Shlemenko vs Doug Marshall for the Bellator middleweight title and two tournament finals featuring Will Brooks vs Alexander Sarnavskiy in the lightweight final and Rick Hawn vs Ron Keslar in the welterweight tournament final.

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Rampage Jackson Knocks Out Joey Beltran (Video)

The question going into Bellator 108 was whether Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still had something left to offer the MMA world. Jackson had lost his last three fights in the UFC before becoming a free agent and signing with Bellator.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was supposed to face Tito Ortiz on November 2, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight due to injury. Stepping in for Ortiz was UFC veteran Joey Beltran with the fight taking place last night.

Jackson looked solid in the fight mixing in leg kicks, controlling the cage and landing jabs and hooks. With about 20 seconds Jackson landed a knee, got Beltran against the cage and then landed a left hook/right hook combination with the referee stopping the fight with one second left in the first round.

Watch the video highlights of the fight at the video stream.

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“Rampage” Jackson To Headline Bellator 108 Against Joey Beltran

It didn’t take long for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to have a new opponent. Bellator announced today that Jackson will headline Bellator 108 against UFC veteran Joey Beltran.

Jackson was scheduled to headline this Saturday’s Bellator 106 event against Tito Ortiz in the company’s first pay-per-view outing, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight on Friday with a fractured neck. “Rampage” was thankful that Beltran stepped up to the plate on short notice.

“I want to thank Joey Beltran for stepping up for the fight so I can get my first Bellator victory out of the way,” Rampage said. “He’ll have the unfortunate honor of taking the ass whooping I was going to give Tito. My body is in incredible shape right now. I feel like I did in PRIDE, and Joey Beltran is the right guy to put on an exciting fight and showcase what I’ve been working on.”

Beltran will be making his Bellator debut last competed three weeks ago at UFC Fight Night 29, where he lost to Fabio Maldonando by unanimous decision. “Mexicutioner” was released from the UFC shortly after that.

Bellator 108 takes place on Friday, November 15 from the Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City. The main card airs on Spike TV. Here is the full lineup for the show.

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
-,Joey Beltran vs. Quinton Jackson
- Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall – for Bellator middleweight title
- Patricio Freire vs. Justin Wilcox – Season 9 featherweight tournament final
- Marcos Galvao vs. Tom McKenna
- Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Dante Rivera
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Sam Oropeza
- Tom DeBlass vs. Jason Lambert
- Will Martinez vs. Kevin Roddy
- Liam McGeary vs. Najim Wali
- Kenny Foster vs. Anthony Morrison
- Ryan Cafaro vs. Dan Matala
- Sergio da Silva vs. Rob Sullivan

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Tito Ortiz Trying To Get MMA Legends Together To Crash UFC 20th Anniversary Event

The 20th anniversary show for the UFC takes place at UFC 167 on Saturday, November 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White has stated that he will be bringing people to the event associated in the past with the organization.

UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz took to Twitter yesterday and was implying to former UFC champions and MMA legends Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson that they should attend the 20th anniversary show.

Ken Shamrock was in favor of the idea.

Couture loved the idea.

Shamrock says to Couture that he should be there for all he’s done for the UFC.

Do you think that the UFC should invite them to the show even though Frank Shamrock, Couture, Ortiz and Jackson are signed to deals with Viacom. Will the five legends crash the party?

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Video: TNA Debut of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Facing Off With Kurt Angle

It didn’t take long for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to start his new job.

During Wednesday’s press conference to announce Jackson’s signing a deal with Bellator and TNA Impact Wrestling, TNA President Dixie Carter said Jackson would be at last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling show in Atlanta. No one knew though what Jackson was going to do on the show.

It looks like the company has big plans for the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Jackson was doing an in-ring interview with Jeremy Borash to discuss coming to TNA. Then former TNA and WWE champion Kurt Angle came out to cut a promo on Jackson.

Watch the video above and give us your thoughts on Jackson’s debut.

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