Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Quinton Jackson, is going to star in a new movie he wrote about the brotherhood of mixed martial arts (MMA). That's in addition to his new Spike TV reality show, as well as his appearances in TNA Impact Wrestling.
I hope he leaves himself time to fight.
"Rampage" signed an exclusive deal with Viacom earlier this month (see the details here) and is expected to compete for Bellator MMA in the coming months, in addition to his other endeavors. He's even contemplated a move to the heavyweight division if the promotion is interested.
Maybe he's looking for that Hollywood ending? His comments to Sherdog's "Beatdown" Radio:
"I couldn't pass up on that dream to do pro wrestling, and Viacom gave me my own reality show, which starts shooting very soon, and Viacom [owns] Paramount Pictures, and they're going to have me doing movies. The first movie I'm doing is the one I wrote. I've seen a few MMA movies out there and I just wasn't happy with the way they portrayed MMA period and the fighters. They just didn't hit the true essence of what it takes to be an MMA fighter. Me being an MMA fighter -- I've been in it for 12, 13 years -- I decided to make a movie [about] something that goes on with me and just some other parts of MMA that people don't really talk about. I made a movie about the brotherhood and stuff in MMA and the inside and how the promoters are. I think the script is really good. ... I let a couple of people read it and they were like, ‘Wow.' A lot of people think it could be kind of like a type of MMA movie that people could really attach themselves too and make a couple of sequels from it. ... I just want you guys to know I'm sitting down with a professional writer, somebody that can help me write it and bring it to life a little bit more because I'm not a writer."
I guess he was unimpressed with the trailer for Anderson Silva's new movie (see it here).
Jackson (32-11) decided he'd seen enough of the Octagon following a unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira at the UFC on FOX 6 event earlier this year in Chicago. The Memphis native now joins fellow Viacom acquisitions and retired UFC champions Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock on the Spike TV circuit.
If "Rampage" is scripting a movie about the "brotherhood of MMA," then it will be interesting to see what's left on the cutting room floor. I can't imagine stories like this, this or this will be worth retelling. Then again, controversy creates cash, according to TNA Impact Wresting's own Eric Bischoff.