“You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.” Unfortunately for Tyrone Spong, this is MMA not “Cheers” and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) claims he doesn’t even know the kickboxer’s name.
Shortly after word spread an injured Tito Ortiz would be forced out of their November 2 shootout, several names circled the rumor mill as possible replacements to headline Bellator MMA’s first pay-per-view broadcast opposite Rampage.
Ultimately, though, Bellator opted to pull Rampage from the card and cancel their PPV debut. The co-main event between lightweight champ Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez was promoted to the show’s top billing, which now airs for free on Spike TV.
Prior to Bellator’s decision to scrap the PPV, Spong’s name was the most notable mentioned as a last-minute substitute for Ortiz. However, the Blackzilian’s name wasn’t big enough for Rampage to recognize it.
“If I’m going to keep it real, I would have said, ‘Look, throw another opponent at me and still keep the pay-per-view because I’ve trained really hard for this. I had my knees fixed, I fixed my injury and I came back,'” Rampage stated on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA.”
“Throw somebody else in there like ‘Kimbo Slice,’ Houston Alexander, anyone in Bellator. People keep talking about Tyrone Spong – I don’t know his name. Throw anybody in there. I’m ready. I’ll fight anybody. Pull Chuck Liddell out of retirement. Put the pay-per-view on! I’m ready to go.”
Spong, who was more than willing to step in at the 11th hour, began petitioning on Twitter for a crack at the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
“well than ill introduce myself to him,” Spong tweeted, among many other things, late Friday.
When he’s not performing in the kickboxing ring, Spong moonlights in MMA while competing for World Series of Fighting. He’s posted lopsided wins in both of his MMA bouts.
No word if the 28-year-old has an exclusive deal with WSOF.