It seems like only yesterday Rampage was the featured video on Youtube as the overly aggressive dry humper having his way with an unsuspecting Heather Nichols. Since then Jackson has gone through personal hell and high water only to come out the other side unscathed, and now the former UFC champion has reached another defining moment in his life – signing a “lucrative” contract with Bellator.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has the details:
Spike TV annnounced today it had signed a multi-year contract with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for both MMA and pro wrestling, similar to the deal they had signed with King Mo Lawal.
The signing was part of a joint announcement with Kevin Kay of Spike, Bjorn Rebney of Bellator and Dixie Carter of TNA.
They noted that Jackson’s match with Dan Henderson on Spike was one of the most-viewed cable TV MMA matches of all-time, and that his season coaching Ultimate Fighter against Rashad Evans was the top rated season in the history of the show (largely due to the presence of Kimbo Slice).
A press conference is being scheduled tomorrow morning in Los Angeles.
Jackson will star in a Spike TV reality series and do other projects with the network. The reality series will build to his Bellator debut. He will also be used in some fashion on Impact Wrestling.
I’m assuming the days of Rampage dry humping the shit out of MMA reporters are far behind him, but then again that would make for one hell of a TV series. Wouldn’t it? Either way it looks like Viacom/Spike may has some big plans in the works for the always colorful MMA star. At the very least it could reignite the feud between King Mo and Jackson and bring it to a whole other level – wishful thinking perhaps.