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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjSDc1pQtqA

 

Spike TV, Bellator MMA and TNA issued the following press release this morning, announcing the signing of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson:

 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Joins Forces With Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling And Spike TV For Landmark Partnership

 

Newport Beach, 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 Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV as it was jointly announced today by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, 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, as well as 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."

 

"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."

 

"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,"

 

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.

 

More information regarding this signing will be made available at Wednesday's press conference. Details on the press conference will be released shortly.

 

Dixie Carter Comments On Big Free Agent Signing

 

- As noted earlier, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has signed a multi-year partnership with TNA and Bellator MMA. TNA President Dixie Carter commented on the big signing, writing on her Twitter, "MMA Icon, Movie Star & now @IMPACTWRESTLING Superstar! Welcome Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (@Rampage4real) to the family."

 

- The official Twitter feed for Impact Wrestling also posted the following tweet: "BIG NEWS from TNA President @TNADixie with the announcement of @Rampage4real to the @IMPACTWRESTLING Superstar roster! welcome to the fam!"

 

Source: http://www.wrestling.../news/tna-news/


Edited by ThexRealxBanks, 04 June 2013 - 06:24 PM.


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What the actual -insert swear here-

 

What a let down imo :(



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So this guy won't be wrestling, he's mainly fighting in another MMA company? So what's the deal with TNA then? 



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Well what a disappointment that is. He'll probably make one appearance like King Mo did at Bound For Glory and will never be seen in iMPACT Wrestling again. :(



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I barely watch TNA, but I would like to see if he fights/wrestles in a match or two.



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Way to go Dumbass Dixie you fail once again Instead of getting a wrestler that could help your company IE Colt Cabana John Morrison you go for some washed up MMA fighter like King mo and he won't do jack for your company.

 

Dixie Carter is the laughing stock of the Pro wrestling world.



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As I don't follow MMA , I don't really can be happy or dissapointed ... Expected a wrestler that I would be excited to hear him debuting though .

 

Is he really a "Big Free Agent" ?



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Stop pulling wwe tricks,only siging part timers with little to zero impact.



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As I don't follow MMA , I don't really can be happy or dissapointed ... Expected a wrestler that I would be excited to hear him debuting though .

 

Is he really a "Big Free Agent" ?

 

In UFC he was but this is a different sport. As i say, I was expecting a big wrestling name as I'm sure many of us were but this is another huge disppointment here.



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As I don't follow MMA , I don't really can be happy or dissapointed ... Expected a wrestler that I would be excited to hear him debuting though .

 

Is he really a "Big Free Agent" ?

 

In UFC he was but this is a different sport. As i say, I was expecting a big wrestling name as I'm sure many of us were but this is another huge disppointment here.

 

Problem is TNA is bellator mma's bitch. Remember when Taz and Tenay had to announce that Bellator was on right after impact almost every impact episode.



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Now just WWE to sign Chael Sonnen and my life will be complete.



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Way to go Dumbass Dixie you fail once again Instead of getting a wrestler that could help your company IE Colt Cabana John Morrison you go for some washed up MMA fighter like King mo and he won't do jack for your company.

 

Dixie Carter is the laughing stock of the Pro wrestling world.

Pardon my ignorance by laughing but this was hilarious but true. she could of signed somebody that could help her company



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How is Rampage washed up? 



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How is Rampage washed up? 

he just is he even played Mr T in the A team remake. I want a wrestler as a big free agent signed to tna not some stupid mma guy. Sign Colt Cabana Dixie you won't regret it.



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That doesn't have anything to do with being washed up. Plus, how do you know Colt Cabana wants to sign with TNA? It goes two ways.



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Massive disappointment. Was hoping for a wrestler who could help the company...

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Wait a minute, what?

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Meh, I kinda like Rampage but I don't want to see him take up time in a product that doesn't need him. Worst thing they could do is make him beat the Aces & 8's lmao.



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Quinton is garbage. Hes thrown all his last fights. Watch Rampage vs Rashad. I believe even evans said Quinton is only out for a pay check! While I'm a fan of his personality I don't see what he offers to TNA. Its TNA who is the big dog and Quinton is lucky to be there. Yeah someone said TNA is bigger for once. Kudos to both though and good luck. Ha big free agent... HA




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