Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney knows there’s plenty of big name fighters out there looking for a contract and continues to debate the idea of bringing in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Josh Barnett. Previously, Rebney had said Bellator wasn’t seeking them out.
On occasion Rebney has bumped into Jackson, who was a former UFC light heavyweight champion whose contract recently ended.
“There are always open lines of communication with us and a whole series of fighters,” said Rebney to MMA Fighting. “There’s no pending agreement of any kind. There’s no substantive direction. Our circles are too small.”
As for Barnett, the Bellator boss is looking into him. Barnett was the UFC heavyweight champion over a decade ago before being stripped of it due to steroid use. He opted not to rejoin the UFC when Strikeforce folded in January.
“He’s still got gas in the tank but I have no way of knowing if we can end up putting together a deal or not,” said Rebney. “I just know that anytime there’s a heavyweight that’s a legit top 10, you take a look.”
Since both fighters last fought, their next move hasn’t been confirmed.