Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson last set foot in the Octagon in January 2013 when he lost a unanimous decision to Glover Teixeira. It was his third straight loss in the UFC. After being submitted by Jon Jones, then wrestle-f*cked by Ryan Bader, and then the loss to Teixeira, Rampage had enough.
In June of 2013 he signed with Bellator and made his debut for the promotion in November, knocking out Joey Beltran at Bellator 108. In February of this year he knocked out former Bellator champ Christian M’Pumbu, then won a highly controversial decision over King Mo in May.
Rampage seemed fairly content when Bjorn Rebney was at the helm in Bellator, and whether real or imagined (99.9% likely imagined), he never felt like he got a fair shake when he was in the UFC. However, now that Scott Coker has taken over the reigns for Bellator, Rampage seems to be regretting his decision to leave the UFC.
Just a thought.. But I've learned a big lesson in life and business: sometimes u should just stay with the devil u know @ufc
— Rampage Jackson (@Rampage4real) November 18, 2014
Could it really be possible we could see Rampage return to the UFC? Seems doubtful, and frankly, the competition in the Zuffa-owned promotion is for the most part out of his league at this stage of his career. The last time Rampage won a fight inside the Octagon was in 2011 when he won a decision over Matt Hamill.
So what do you do with a guy who always seems dissatisfied, bad mouths his employer and burns bridges like they’re made of cardboard soaked in gasoline? There’s no doubt Rampage still has a ton of fans and is a fairly good boxer by MMA standards. He can earn a good living inside the Bellator cage beating up mid-tier guys — if he can get along with the new management.
If not, then who knows where he’ll end up… but it’s doubtful he’ll be happy there, and for sure someone else will be to blame.