Top 5 Stories of the Week

By Brian Knapp Jun 8, 2013
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson found an offer to his liking. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Bellator MMA has signed former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Quinton Jackson to a multi-year deal.

The agreement will also see “Rampage” join the TNA Wrestling roster, much like former Strikeforce champion and current Bellator light heavyweight Muhammed Lawal. Bellator and TNA jointly announced the signing on June 4, revealing that Spike TV will produce a special reality series about the fighter to preface his Bellator debut.

Jackson, 34, departed the UFC earlier this year amid complaints about how he was treated by the Las Vegas-based promotion. Rampage joined the UFC in 2007 and captured the organization’s light heavyweight crown by knocking out Chuck Liddell. Later that year, the Memphis, Tenn., native outpointed Dan Henderson to unify the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships titles.

The hard-hitting light heavyweight would relinquish the belt in his next defense, however, as he lost a decision to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86. Though Jackson would proceed to win four of his next five bouts, he exited the UFC on the heels of three consecutive losses, most recently falling to Glover Teixeira four months ago at UFC on Fox 6.

The stories of interest on this week:

Bellator on a ‘Rampage’

No Mere Lightweights

Anticipated Sequel

MMA’s Newest Epicenter

Only One to Go

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