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‘Rampage’ Jackson: 'UFC is messing up MMA, Bellator is the future of the sport'

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Quinton Jackson still isn't happy with his former employers over at UFC, claiming they are messing up mixed martial arts (MMA) while Bellator, his new home, is the future of the sport.

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Quinton Jackson has been on an anti-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) crusade long before he left the ZUFFA-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion earlier this year.

And he isn't letting up anytime soon.

Now that he's signed with Bellator MMA, "Rampage" says he's seen the light, praising company CEO Bjorn Rebney for being a promoter who "gets it" and one who has allowed him to explore his other interests such as wrestling and acting.

With the help of media giant Viacom, of course.

And according to the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, his former employers over in Las Vegas, Nevada are "messing up" the sport of MMA by doing "a lot of bad things" while his new bosses over at Bellator are making all the right moves on their way to becoming the future of the sport.

He explains to Rick J. Lee:

"I met Bjorn and I just felt his energy. You look him in the eyes when you talk to him and you know like, ‘Man, this guy gets it!' I heard of Bellator, but, I didn't know how it was. The other shows kind of leave a bad taste in your mouth. Terry Trebilcock from King of The Cage, before I met Bjorn, was the only promoter that was cool to me. Dana, he started off cool, but when you get on Dana's bad side then you might as well be an alien. But when I met Bjorn, man, he talked to me, he explained things and we sat down and you just feel his energy. And you can tell he don't talk bad about anybody else. You always got to be worried about other people that talk bad about you because as soon as you walk away there's a good chance people talk bad about you. I'm sure if someone crosses him he's going to say something, me and him are a lot alike. I feel like he keeps it real. What he just said about pay-per-views, I totally agree with that. He's not going to cram it down fans throats; every month do a pay-per-view. I think that's what UFC is doing. I think the UFC now is messing up the sport. They just doing a lot of bad things and I just feel like Bellator, the way they doing things is kind of the future of the sport."

I wonder if this is one of the "bad things" UFC is doing?

Bellator will put on its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) offering headlined by Jackson as he takes on Tito Ortiz which will go down on Nov. 2, 2013 and will come with the price tag somewhere in the range of $35-$45.

How about it Manaics, will Bellator's first foray into the PPV business be the next step on their quest -- at least in Jackson's eyes -- to dethroning UFC from the top of the MMA mountain?