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Rampage is with Bellator after contract fiasco is settled

Rampage Jackson is headed back to Bellator after settling his contract dispute with the promotion. The former UFC champ signed with the promotion in late 2013 and won three straight before jumping ship back to the UFC, citing unfulfilled promises by Bellator. In December 2014 the UFC announced that they had re-signed Jackson and fought at UFC 186 in April 2015.

Since then Jackson has been tied up in litigation. Rampage had stated that he wanted to fight for the UFC but was seen at a Bellator show in November which got people talking.

Earlier today Bellator released a press release touting the re-signing of Jackson to a new two fight contract.

It’s very rare that you see a fighter sign a two fight deal. Promotions don’t want to put money into promoting and building up a guy that could leave after two fights. But if somehow Scott Coker can work out a deal to get Jackson a fight in Japan against Fedor Emelianenko the signing could make sense.

It’s not known who Jackson will face in his next Bellator fight but it will take place sometime later this year.

A fight against Tito Ortiz in Memphis could make sense because it’s a fight Rampage should win and it’s a fight that could make Bellator a lot of money. There have been rumors that Bellator was wanting to come back to West Tennessee for another show in 2016 after the success of their first pay per view in May 2014 that Jackson headlined.

Bellator has been very aggressive lately and suddenly has some star power for their tent pole event later this year. With Benson Henderson, Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz are some of the big names that have jumped ship to Bellator recently. Alistair Overeem is on the promotion’s radar and if Coker can get him signed suddenly they could put on a show that would rival a UFC pay per view.