Bellator 106 was supposed to be Bellator’s first PPV event, but an injury to Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz called off the main event fight between Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and ended Bellator’s PPV plans.
Bellator 106 ended up on Spike TV as a free event, but Jackson was still disconcerted with the fact that he was not being featured in the main event on the ill-fated inaugural Bellator PPV.
“It’s disappointing,” Jackson said. “I was looking forward to fighting Tito.”
“That could have been a really good fight. I think if Tito would have been healthy, we would have put on a really good show,” he said. “I trained with him for years, so I always wondering if we had a fight, how it would have went.”
Now, Bellator has signed UFC veteran Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran, and a fight between Beltran and Jackson has been scheduled for Bellator 108, which takes place this Friday, Nov. 15.
Jackson is optimistic about this new match-up, and is glad that he is able to fight sooner rather than later.
“I was really relieved. I think when I was talking to my manager, they were talking a couple months, and I was like, ‘Damn, I wanted to fight sooner,’” Jackson said. “When they found someone for me to fight I was more relieved than anything.”
“I was peaking when I first heard the news, so I just took like a day or so off, but then I got my head back together and got back on it,” Jackson said.
He feels as though the Beltran fight is a great match-up, and said, “he’s the type of fighter who likes to bang… So ultimately for me to get the win, I need to show him what’s up,” Jackson said. “I need to be very aggressive and use my movement and do the [things] I normally do to be successful in the cage.”
“I think I just need to whoop his ass. I don’t make crazy game plans…; I just go out there and whoop my opponent’s ass,” Jackson said.
Jackson said he currently like he felt while competing in the Pride organization, where he slammed and punched his way to victory against Kevin “The Monster” Randleman, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa, and Ricardo Arona, among others.
“I’ve got to prove something to myself and prove something to the fans that are still supporting me,” he said. “I was a broken man and now I’m fixed and I’m going to show them.
“I plan on doing everything in this fight. I feel like the old Quinton from Pride,” Jackson said.Tags: Bellator, Chuck Liddell, Ikuhisa Minowa, Joey Beltran, Kevin Randleman, Minowaman, mma, MMA NEWS, Pride, Pride FC, pride fighting championship, quinton "rampage" jackson, Quinton Jackson, rampage, ricardo arona, The Iceman, tito ortiz