The UFC has taken a lot of heat since they implemented their discretionary sponsor tax, which can reportedly run as high as $100,000. This means if the UFC wants to they will charge a company for the right to sponsor any of their fighters. Needless to say, MMA fighter sponsorship opportunities have taken a hit because of this.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was vocal about his displeasure with the UFC after leaving and traditionally hasn’t been the easiest guy to work with. However, it seems the former UFC light heavyweight champ is right at home in Bellator (at least for now) — so much so that he agreed to enter their tournament — and even fight two men at once if it came down to that.
The Toughest Tournament in Sports will debut the opening rounds of the Bellator Season 10 Featherweight Tournament from Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun on Friday, February 28th live on Spike TV. The night will also feature the Bellator Light Heavyweight Semifinals as MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former champion Christian M’Pumbu clash while King Mo Lawal takes on Russian powerhouse Mikhail Zayats.
“We haven’t really made substantive moves on guys that have been part of the recent UFC cuts. It’s just not our focus.” -Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Since Rebney made that statement in a March interview with MMAFighting.com’s Mike Chiappetta, Bellator has gone on an absolute rampage of UFC reject acquisition… see what I did there. … Read more
Bellator MMA 99 will mark the second fight card of the promotion’s ninth season and is headlined with a light heavyweight match-up between former Bellator 205 pound champ Christian M’Pumbu (18-5-1) and UFC veteran Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (26-7), in what will be his Bellator debut. The card will also feature the opening round of the season nine featherweight tournament.
Bellator 91 takes place this evening at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., and features a Bellator light heavyweight championship between title-holder Christian M’Pumbu and 205-pound tournament winner Attila Vegh. In addition, both Season 8 lightweight tournament semifinals bouts will take place.