Let's get the meat on the plate first:
Looking fwd to seeing u next month! MT "@rampage4real:It's gonna feel good putting this chain back on...Big news coming real soon."— Victor Cui (@victoronefc) June 4, 2013
It's been a while since the mixed martial arts (MMA) world has heard from Quinton Jackson. The polarizing former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion hasn't been making too many waves since his last fight inside the Octagon back at UFC on Fox: "Johnson vs. Dodson" to Glover Teixeira ( read all about here and here).
However, "Rampage" broke radio silence late Monday night with the above tweet. Said message was then promptly picked up by the CEO of ONE FC, Victor Cui, who intimated that "Rampage" would be joining Asia's largest MMA organization next month.
This bit of news must surely come as a pleasant surprise to Jackson fans, as there was talk about him signing with Bellator and World Series of Fighting (WSOF); however, the latter organization put the kibosh on that pretty early. With this move, Jackson would easily become the highest profile fighter the company has to offer to western MMA fans.
Jackson will look to rebound after a disappointing winless (0-3) stretch and a rare public feud with his boss, UFC President Dana White. "Rampage" has been quoted as saying "When I leave... I'll probably forget that I fought in the UFC", "You either lyin' to me or you lyin' to the press about the pay-per-view numbers" and "they knew I was injured before the Bader fight" among other complaints in regard to his time with the Las Vegas, Nevada,-based promotion.
White chimed back in a fairly reserved manner (for him), stating that Jackson made $15.2 million in career earnings in the UFC during the lead up to his fight with Teixeira and that Rampage "needs to go somewhere where the people make him happy."
Presumably, he will be very happy back in the continent that made him an MMA star.