Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson believed he was finding the proverbial “greener grass” when he left the UFC for Bellator MMA.
Jackson (35-11) earned a decision victory over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal this past May, but has remained on the sidelines since. The win earned him a future title shot, but he mentioned at the time not wanting to challenge Emanuel Newton because they share the same coach.
Now, after letting his UFC contract expire in 2013, could Jackson be regretting that decision? It sure sounds like it, as he posted the following on his Twitter page recently:
Just a thought.. But I've learned a big lesson in life and business: sometimes u should just stay with the devil u know @ufc
— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) November 18, 2014
The Bellator 205-pound division includes the likes of Tito Ortiz, Lawal, Newton and others, so why doesn’t Jackson have a fight? He was close friends with Bjorn Rebney, the previous president of the promotion, but does not appear to have the same friendship with Scott Coker.
Is Jackson stuck between a rock and a hard place? It would seem so.
On one hand, he appeared – at least from the outside – to enjoy the new Bellator schedule when he arrived. It allowed flexibility and the chance to engage in pro wrestling.
Now that TNA, a pro wrestling promotion, is no longer expected to air on Spike TV, that seems to be finished.
It begs to question, would the UFC take Jackson back? He left on a three-fight losing streak, including a pair of decision defeats to Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader.
While Jackson’s better days are definitely behind him, he still brings name-value and could serve as a capable headliner or co-main eventer for one of the many “Fight Night” cards in store in 2015.