"Rampage" is back.
Or a sort of in shape version of Quinton Jackson is, anyway. At the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, "Rampage" was able to finish Joey Beltran at the end of the first round in the main event of Bellator 108.
Jackson signed with Bellator following an unremarkable and highly disappointing final three bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that saw him drop three straight to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader, and Glover Teixeira.
He was scheduled to make his Bellator debut against Tito Ortiz in the main event of Bellator 106, but after Ortiz was forced from the bout with a neck injury, Bellator decided to put Jackson in the main event of Friday night's (Nov. 15, 2013) Atlantic City card.
The bout with Beltran was contested at a 210-pound catchweight and Jackson didn't look to be in "fight shape". In fact, he struggled to find his range and close the distance with Beltran, who used footwork to frustrate the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion.
The end came in the final seconds of the first round when Jackson landed two hooks to the head that put Beltran on his knees. A final unanswered hook was all it took for referee Dan Miragliotta to wave off the bout (.gif here).
It's Jackson's first win since 2011. After the bout he said he was finally training hard again and put the rest of the Bellator light heavyweight division on notice.
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