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Rampage Jackson, one of the most
charismatic and popular fighters in the history of
mixed martial arts Memphis, TN, began his professional
MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across
the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including
Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan
Henderson among others.
amassing a 10-1 pro record in smaller MMA promotions,
Jackson headed across the world to Japan to compete
amongst the sports best in Pride Fighting Championships.
In November 2003, he defeated Chuck Liddell, arguably
the biggest name in MMA history, in the semifinals
of the Middleweight Grand Prix. Rampage would lose
in the Finals to another MMA legend, Wanderlai Silva,
later that evening. A year later, Jackson again would
fall to Silva in a quest for Prides Middleweight
belt. Jackson would enact revenge four years later,
defeating Silva in the last of their trilogy of fights
at UFC 92.
return to the U.S. and won his first two bouts in
the UFC before an epic clash with Dan Henderson at
UFC 75 in London. Rampage won a unanimous decision
over Henderson to claim the UFC light heavyweight
belt and retain the Pride middleweight title. The
event on Spike TV was the most watched MMA fight in
cable television history.
losing the belt to Forrest Griffin, Rampage won four
of his next five fights, including wins over Matt
Hamill, Keith Jardine, Lyoto Machida, and Silva. In
September, 2011, Jackson lost a four-round war to
light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
budding movie star, Jackson starred in the 2010 blockbuster
film, The A-Team, as B.A. Baracus,
the character made famous by Mr. T in the television
series. Jacksons other film credits include
Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Fire
With Fire, Never Surrender, and
June, 2013, Rampage signed a deal with Spike TV and
Viacom to compete in both Bellator MMA and Impact
facing major UFC star
a major swerve, it was announced at tonight's Bellator
97 event that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
will be facing Tito Ortiz on pay-per-view on Saturday,
November 2nd. It was believed that Jackson would be
facing Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing fight at the end
of the year.
is speculation that Ortiz will be revealed as the
#August1Warning mystery person tomorrow night on Impact
Wrestling. Ortiz has appeared for TNA before, as he
officiated the Hard Justice main event between AJ
Styles and Jeff Jarrett in 2005.
at tonight's Bellator MMA event, King Mo defeated
Jacob Noe via TKO to win the Light Heavyweight Tournament
and earn a title shot against division champion, Attila
can check out the full press release from Bellator
ANNOUNCES RAMPAGE VS. TITO PAY-PER-VIEW
Beach, CA. (Wednesday, July 31st) It was announced
live inside the Bellator cage tonight that two of
the biggest names in MMA Quinton "Rampage"
Jackson and Tito "The People's Champion"
Ortiz will meet in a light heavyweight battle live
on PPV Saturday, November 2nd. The announcement was
made with both Rampage and Tito inside the Bellator
cage to a nationally televised audience on Spike TV
at Bellator 97 inside The Santa Ana Star Center in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
vs. Tito" will be held at Southern California's
Long Beach Arena, with tickets on sale at 10 AM PST
this Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets can be purchased
on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the
Long Beach Arena Box Office.
have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our
first PPV is awesome," Bellator Chairman &
CEO Bjorn Rebney said. "Rampage vs. Tito is a
fight I've wanted to see for years and to have it
as our Main Event on our first Pay-Per-View is a spectacular
next step in Bellator's evolution. They're both re-energized,
excited and ready for a war. This will be a great
I feel like I've been re-born.," Jackson said.
"My excitement, energy and aggression, it's all
back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again.
The Rampage you'll see Nov. 2nd will be better than
any Rampage you've ever seen. Everybody knows Tito
and I have a very long history. He's a former teammate
and friend, and it's one of the reasons I stayed away
from the UFC as long as I did. But, I want to be very
clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn't
exist when that cage door shuts. I've got a ton to
prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito
he's the guy I have to make an example of. He's in
my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, it's
going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz."
back," Ortiz stated. "Over the last few
years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing
with UFC politics and with Dana. I didn't have that
drive to compete, my heart wasn't in it. I feel like
a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm
free. Bjorn and Bellator put together an opportunity
that made me part of the promotion, part of the family.
I feel like I can breathe again and my old friend
is going to be on the receiving end of all that happiness
turned into an old school Tito Ortiz ground and pound
beating. I've fought and beaten the very best in MMA
history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next
huge win on my record. This is a new era for the People's
arrived in Bellator in June as a former Pride and
UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September
2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly
6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched
fights in the sport's history. In 2009, Jackson served
as a coach on Spike's "The Ultimate Fighter:
Heavyweights," the highest-rated season by far
in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers
per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight
division that features "King Mo", Emanuel
Newton, Vladimir Matyushenko, Attila Vegh and now,
joins Bellator as a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
and throughout his career has been one of the most
recognizable and polarizing figures during his sixteen
year career, fighting the likes of Randy Couture,
Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Ken
Shamrock. A true MMA icon, Ortiz will now start a
new chapter of his career fighting under the Bellator
banner beginning on November 2nd.