Rampage Jackson Returns to Bellator Feb. 28 Against M’Pumbu
Bellator MMA returns to Spike TV with a bang as the promotion kicks off its tenth season Friday, February 28 at 9pm ET/PT. The star-studded card includes the tournament debut of MMA superstar Quinton â€śRampageâ€ť Jackson.
Emanating from Connecticutâ€™s Mohegan Sun, the night features Rampage in a Light Heavyweight opening round battle with former Champion Christian Mâ€™Pumbu, while King Mo Lawal returns to face Russian submission ace Mikhail Zayats. The night will also feature the start of the Season 10 Featherweight Tournament. The official sponsors of Spike TVâ€™s Bellator MMA Season 10 are Miller Lite and Dave & Busterâ€™s.
The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Mohegan Sun Box Office.
After making his mark with his first round knockout victory over Joey Beltran, Rampage is ready to put himself through The Toughest Tournament In Sports and earn a Bellator title shot.
â€śThis is what Bellator is all about,â€ť Rampage said. â€śIâ€™ve never felt better, and now itâ€™s about getting the belt. Bellator is all about the tournaments, and if thatâ€™s what you need to do to get that belt, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do. Mâ€™Pumbu is up first, and when I finish him, itâ€™s King Mo or Zayats, and then itâ€™s onto the belt, simple as that.â€ť
For Lawal, the former title contender has heard the critics and is looking for vengeance after suffering his second loss to Emanuel Newton. As the tournament moves closer, King Mo only has one thing on his mind. Getting the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title.
â€śIâ€™m not going to sit here and say Iâ€™m changing up my whole game plan, and you are going to see a new fighter,â€ť Mo said. â€śThatâ€™s just not me. I know what I do, I know who I am, and thatâ€™s who you are going to see on February 28th, plain and simple. Me. Itâ€™s all about getting that belt.â€ť
Bellator MMA, which features The Toughest Tournament in Sports, will showcase five tournaments this season in different weight classes including featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. The 12-week season, airing on Fridays at 9pm on Spike TV, will showcase many of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters from around the world in venues spanning across North America.
â€śSince we first partnered with Quinton, Iâ€™ve been working with him to get everything set for his inclusion in a Bellator tournament,â€ť Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. â€śWorking together, weâ€™ve now made that a reality. This is without question the deepest Light Heavyweight Tournament weâ€™ve ever done. Rampage, Mâ€™Pumbu, Zayats and Mo are all monsters and I canâ€™t think of a better way to kick off our tenth season on Spike.â€ť
Additional fight card information for Bellator 110 will be made available in the coming weeks.