Quinton “Rampage” Jackson figured his boxing debut against Roy Jones Jr. was pretty secure. Then Tito Ortiz snuck in and signed with Bellator, leading to the promotion having the two former UFC light heavyweight champions headline their first PPV.
“I think Tito f—ed up the Roy Jones Jr. fight,” said Jackson during Bellator’s media call. “The whole time I was getting ready to prepare for Jones. I was gonna get down to 200 pounds but Tito signed and I thought, there goes my Roy Jones fight. If everything goes according to plan, I think that fight will still happen because Jones is still interested in fighting me.”
As part of his deal, Jackson is able to take part in several combat sports and has been appearing on Spike TV’s Impact Wrestling. He last saw MMA action in January, when he finished his UFC contract and left.
Ortiz will come out of retirement for their encounter. He hasn’t fought in over a year.
They close Bellator 106, which is November 2. It comes from the Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.