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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Rampage Jackson signs contract

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Light heavyweight veteran Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has signed a multiyear contract with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV, officials representing each company announced jointly on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal have not been made available. Jackson is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday in Los Angeles to discuss the signing.

Rampage Jackson
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson signed a multiyear deal with Bellator MMA, TNA wrestling and Spike TV on Tuesday.

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

Jackson isn't the first mixed martial artist to sign with Bellator and TNA Wrestling simultaneously. Former Strikeforce light heavyweight titleholder Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal signed a multifight deal with the promotions in May 2012.

But Jackson's deal includes a reality series with him as the feature personality that is scheduled to air on Spike TV before his Bellator debut.

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

Jackson (32-11) is a former UFC light heavyweight champion. He severed ties with that promotion at the conclusion of his contract in January.

He defeated Dan Henderson by unanimous decision on Sept. 8, 2007, during a UFC/Pride 205-pound unification bout.

It is not yet known when Jackson will make his Bellator debut. But when he does return to action, the 34-year-old Memphis, Tenn., native will seek to snap a three-fight losing skid.