Despite establishing his career by competing in the light heavyweight division in numerous fight promotions across the globe, former UFC 205-pound champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) says he is considering making his Bellator MMA debut at heavyweight.
“I’m thinking of heavyweight because I’m getting older now,” Rampage said during Wednesday’s press conference to formally announce his Spike TV/Bellator/TNA Wrestling signing. “I want to start smashing some big guys.”
The transition should benefit Rampage greatly. Many pundits believe his one-dimensional style has become increasingly slower as his 14-year career has progressed. Facing slower heavyweights should allow him to achieve greater success.
In addition, Rampage’s love for 7-Eleven’s fried chicken has never been a secret.
Alexander Volkov currently sits atop Bellator’s heavyweight throne, while Attila Vegh is the promotion’s light heavyweight champ.
The biggest issue fans might have with Rampage moving to heavyweight is the possibility of him fighting light heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal won’t come to fruition. However, it appears the longtime rivals have buried the hatchet because Rampage said they have discussed becoming tag team partners in TNA.
No word on when Rampage will make his Bellator or TNA debut.
Rampage owns a 32-11 professional record. He went just 7-5 under the UFC’s watch, losing his last three inside the Octagon.