"I might not want to do it, but I guess I would fight a friend if they wanted the belt or if they needed the money that comes with fighting the champ. What kind of friend would I be if I didn't? I'll do anything for my friends. Well, almost anything. I ain't dyin' for them. I ain't Jesus Christ man, I got kids."
That's an excerpt from my 2007 interview with Quinton Jackson (read it here), when I gauged his interest in a potential fight against Tito Ortiz while both mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters were housed under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) umbrella.
Fast-forward six years later and here we are.
Now the former light heavyweight champions are doing work under the Bellator banner and will "put their friendship aside" to throw hands in the main event of the promotion's first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled to go down on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Long Beach Arena in California.
See the poster here.
To help promote the Bellator 106 headliner, "Rampage" and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" stopped by "MMA Live" on ESPN to talk up their contest, which not without a certain degree of surprise, will not be counter-programmed by UFC on fight night.
This "epic" event, it would seem, will live or die on its own merits.