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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON JOINS FORCES WITH BELLATOR MMA, TNA WRESTLING AND SPIKE TV FOR LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP

Los Angeles, CA – June 4, 2013 – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Spike TV, Bellator MMA, and TNA Wrestling, it was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President.

The landmark partnership includes Jackson competing in Bellator MMA, along with joining the superstars of TNA’s “IMPACT WRESTLING,” which includes fellow Bellator fighter “King Mo” Lawal.

Spike TV will also create a special reality series featuring Rampage that will lead into his debut with Bellator, along with other entertainment initiatives.

“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”

“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said Carter. “He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company,”

“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. “Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”

Jackson (32-11) joins Bellator as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo,” Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.

The charismatic fighter from Memphis, TN began his professional MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson among others.

Jackson starred in the 2010 blockbuster film, “The A-Team,” as “B.A. Baracus,” the character made famous by Mr. T in the television series. Jackson’s other film credits include “Confessions of a Pit Fighter,” “Fire With Fire,” “Never Surrender,” and “Miss March.”



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20 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    King Mo has done so much for TNA, i’m sure we can expect the same from Rampage. huge name tho, that’ll catch some eyes

  2. Doug says:

    *yawn*

  3. killpg says:

    faceplant…………flatline……………………………………….

  4. Adam says:

    lmao good to see Dixie spending money in the right places again good God someone pull the plug on TNA already

  5. Thomas says:

    Lmgdao, epic fail. He’ll be the guy to single handedly destroy aces & 8′s before falling out of the wrestling business. Thus proving once again, Dixie Carter is an idiot.

  6. Beacon of Hope says:

    This sounds more like a Spike TV/Bellator deal. They are letting TNA borrow their newly signed “star” in a desperate attempt to help their red headed step child gain some much needed ratings.

  7. Rory says:

    When the Aces & Eights are all in the ring he should make his debut coming out with a microphone repeatedly yelling “YOU’RE GOING DOWN!”

  8. ~J* says:

    ehhhhh,,,,,,,,,,,,…………

  9. mnm says:

    Very dissapointing!
    I thought the BIG FREE AGENT was (WWEs) John Morrison. Would have been great to see John Morrison have some matches in TNA.

  10. treh says:

    i agree with the above comment about this ebing more of a spike and Bellator deal
    if it was a wwe ex-star tna would have been in the wrong so they can’t win.
    why can’t they find a new star and back him for 5 or six years and make a star for themselves for once

    and i’m the one who likes tna

  11. Adam C says:

    i wudda been more exicted if Chris Masters had been the big signing

  12. Nick A says:

    I laugh at the people that pretend that they’re using TNA in this to “give them more exposure” despite TNA still consistently being Spike’s #1 rated show every week.

  13. Boogeyman says:

    Rampage is smart. Free money

  14. What? says:

    Given TNA’s track record, they probably saw “The A-Team” and had a grand vision of re-hashing the WWF Mr. T storyline from the 80s. Hogan’s already there, so it practically writes itself.

  15. Vegeta says:

    when i saw the words TNA’S BIG FREE AGENT SIGNING IS,i was expecting a wrestler being signed not a mma fighter,i had dozons of names swimming in my head on who dixie could’ve signed,i was thinking shelton benjamin,john morrison,mvp just to name a few

  16. Really? says:

    Mike Tyson? Is Vince McMahon some kind of idiot? No wonder WCW is crushing them in the ratings!

    Oops, wrong decade.

    Rampage Jackson? Is Dixie Carter some kind of idiot? No wonder WWE is crushing them in the ratings!

  17. Aces & Seven says:

    He’ll be tag teaming with King Mo in OVW….

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