Former UFC champ Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson signs with Bellator MMA

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Bellator MMA wasn't interested in being a rebound promotion for ex-UFC stars. But then again, it's not every day you stumble across a fighter with the kind of drawing power like "Rampage" Jackson.

Bjorn Rebney wasn't kidding when he said he was interested in the former PRIDE FC star.

And lucky for him, one-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Quinton Jackson, isn't hanging up his mixed martial arts (MMA) gloves just yet, despite his love for the "sweet science."

In fact, "Rampage" will now ply his trade in Bellator MMA, widely-perceived as the number two promotion in all of cagefighting, thanks to a big-time television deal with Spike TV and Viacom. He's also expected to follow Muhammed Lawal's lead and make sporadic appearances for TNA Impact! Wrestling.

MMA Fighting first reported Jackson's exclusive deal earlier today.

Hopefully he "thought long and hard" before negotiating this deal. Bellator contracts have been in the news lately and let's just say the praise has been less-than-flattering. The Eddie Alvarez situation, both public and messy, is probably the most recognized instance.

Not that it has stopped other fighters, like Bubba Jenkins, from coming on board.

Jackson (32-11) was unhappy with the way he was being treated leading up to his final fight inside the Octagon, a unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira at the UFC on FOX 6 event earlier this year in Chicago. "Rampage" accused his former employer of lying about pay-per-view earnings and vowed to never compete for UFC again.

He won't be competing for ONE FC, either, despite this tease from Victor Cui.

The Memphis native will now join fellow Viacom acquisitions and retired UFC champions Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock on the Spike TV circuit. Jackson will have his own reality show series leading up to his debut later this year; however, no opponent has been named at this time.

Though I hear Emanuel Newton knows a thing or two about fighting former 205-pound champs.

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