Quinton Jackson has signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract to return to Bellator MMA, the California-based promotion announced Thursday.
According to a release, “this multi-fight deal was the result of a lengthy negotiation with Jackson’s manager Tiki Ghosn from Arsenal Sports Agency…” Jackson is expected to return to the Bellator cage at some point in early 2018.
“I am excited for this new beginning and looking forward to an action packed 2018,” Jackson said . “I can't wait to get back in the cage and put on exciting fights for both the ‘Rampage’ and Bellator fans.”
The 39-year-old Jackson last competed at Bellator 175 on March 31, losing a unanimous decision in a rematch against Muhammed Lawal. “Rampage” is 4-1 under the Bellator banner, but briefly left the promotion for breach of contract to return to the UFC for one bout in April 2015. That agreement occurred under the Bjorn Rebney regime, however, and now Bellator is led by Scott Coker.
“With ‘Rampage’ Jackson, you know what you’re going to get every time he steps inside the Bellator cage — an exciting fight and interest from fans all over the world,” Coker said. “I knew that keeping ‘Rampage’ with Bellator was integral to our continued growth as a promotion and I’m pleased that we were able to come to an agreement that allows us to plan some great future matchups for him.”
A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jackson is 37-12 as a professional and owns notable victories against the likes of Lyoto Machida, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Chuck Liddell, Ricardo Arona, Kevin Randleman and Keith Jardine, to name a few.