Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson will now make his awaited Bellator debut on November 15th against Joey Beltran
Rampage was due to face former UFC Light Heavyweight title holder Tito Ortiz on November 2nd, which would be Bellator's first pay-per view event.
However, a neck injury to Ortiz in training forced him out of the fight, leaving Rampage without an opponent and Bellator having to scrap their PPV plans.
“I want to thank Joey Beltran for stepping up for the fight so I can get my first Bellator victory out of the way," Jackson is quoted as saying on bellator.com.
"He’ll have the unfortunate honour of taking the ass whooping I was going to give Tito. My body is in incredible shape right now. I feel like I did in PRIDE, and Joey Beltran is the right guy to put on an exciting fight and showcase what I’ve been working on.”
Jackson walked away from the UFC after suffering three straight defeats to champion Jon Jones as well as Ryan Bader and Glover Texiera.
Although he was offered a new contract, he turned it down as he was not happy being employed by the UFC and wanted to pursue his acting and pro-wrestling career.
His opponent on late notice will be Joey 'The Mexecutioner' Beltran.
He fought on October 9th in the UFC where he lost a close decision to Brazilian Fabio Moldonado.
Previous to that he had lost to James Te-Huna in a Fight of the Night bout and then beat Igor Pokrajac, however, he had the decision overturned as he tested for banned substances.
Beltran is known to have an iron jaw, and has took beatings off the likes of Te Huna, Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione whilst in the UFC.
It is likely that Rampage will do the same. The former UFC champion is known for his power and highlight reel knock-outs on Chuck Liddell, Wanderlai Silva and Ricardo Arona.
Jackson is by far the best fighter Beltran has faced in his career and it is hard to see this fight lasting the distance.
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