Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Guess who's (not) coming to dinner? Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently spoke to the mixed martial arts media about signing ZUFFA's high-profile leftovers for his 213 fight campaign. Here's what he said.
At UFC on FOX 6, which goes down on Jan. 26, 2013 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Quinton Jackson will battle Glover Teixeira in the Memphis native's final fight under the ZUFFA banner.
With Strikeforce now officially six feet under, very few (national) options remain outside the Octagon for televised cage fighting. However, Bellator MMA, which is backed by Viacom and Spike TV, is widely considered the "Plan B" for most UFC fighters looking to retain stateside employment.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney talks to Fight Hub TV about the possibility of signing "Rampage."
"It hasn't been a topic of conversation in our meetings with our staff. Josh is a great character and he's had some great fights, but he's not really on our radar. I used to watch Rampage fight in PRIDE. He's an awesome fighter and an incredible personality and I've been a fan for a lot of years. How he could conceptually fit within the format and structure we have, that would be something where I'd have to get smarter people than I to sit down and discuss. He's, and I don't think he would deny, in the latter stage of his career. He's suffered a lot of injuries but he's still a rock star at a very high level. That would be one of those square peg/round hole situations, but sometimes you can make those work, I dunno. Maybe. It would depend on a lot of stuff, like the legality of where he is with the UFC. We'll see."
Despite this recent bromance, Jackson had a prior feud with Muhammed Lawal (see why here), who recently joined the Spike TV roster as a pro wrestler for IMPACT! Wrestling as well as a 205-pound entrant into the upcoming Bellator tournament (see the bracket here).
Maybe they could reignite their beef for the sake of a good fight?
Speaking of beef, all 265 pounds of "Master-less" Josh Barnett will likely need to be shipped back to Japan if he hopes to continue his MMA career. In addition to being one of the few Strikeforce fighters absent from this list, "The Warmaster" hasn't been on Rebney's radar since he set sail for 2013.
In the meantime, anyone want to lay odds on how long before we see "Rampage" inside a Bellator cage?