Quinton Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in ring ... and the cage?
That was the original plan, according to "Rampage," who says that aside from facing the former IBF Super Middleweight champion in the squared circle, he was going to face the 44-year-old in a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight, too.
He spilled the beans to Fight Hub TV:
"Man, you guys don't know how close it was, it was really close. Honestly, I was just as surprised as you guys were. But, the thing is, I wanted to do a boxing match. I'm going to let you in on a secret. We were going to do a boxing match and then a MMA match. I don't know if I was supposed to say that, but, it could still happen. He's good (at jiu-jitsu), he say he down with it."
Of course, Tito Ortiz had to go and "fu** it all up" when he signed with Bellator, drawing Jackson as his first opponent at Bellator 106, which goes down on Nov. 2, 2013, at Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California (more details here).
The event will mark the first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event for the Viacom-owned promotion, which will also include a Lightweight title rematch between reigning champion Michael Chandler against the man he took the belt from two years ago, Eddie Alvarez (more details here).
Perhaps the inaugural PPV event that will serve as the precursor to the next, "Rampage vs. Jones Jr."