Last night, in the co-main event of the stacked Bellator 206 card, MMA legend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson improved to 2-2 in his rivalry with fellow legend Wanderlei Silva.
With this win, Rampage separated himself from a disappointing decision loss to Chael Sonnen, which ended his involvement in Bellator’s exciting heavyweight Grand Prix.
Apparently, Rampage is still hellbent on winning the Bellator heavyweight title, and he’d happily return to the tournament if one of the current competitors gets injured.
“Chael outsmarted me,” Rampage said of his loss to Sonnen at the Bellator 206 post-fight press conference. “I was disappointed. I thought I was going to win that tournament. I’m not going to lie. I thought I was going to take care of everybody. So yeah, I’m going to stay in shape, if somebody gets hurt, I want back in.”
Now that he’s out of the tournament, Rampage is hoping that he can get the first crack at the tournament winner, who will serve as Bellator’s new heavyweight champion. So long as he’s dealing with his current thyroid issues, after all, he’s trapped in the heavyweight division, no longer able to make the light heavyweight division’s 205-pound limit.
“If anything else, I want the winner of the tournament. I want the heavyweight belt,” he said. “My boxing coach Bobby Rimmer said that he never had a heavyweight boxing champion, he never trained a heavyweight champion. I’m a heavyweight now. Until I fix my thyroid, I’m going to be a heavyweight. I’m going to fix my thyroid but that’s a fight too. What you guys need to know about life, life is a fight, and me having a bad thyroid, it’s a fight. I want to win that fight. Hopefully I can fix my thyroid and I can get back down to 205, but for now I’m a heavyweight.”
“I want the heavyweight belt,” he continued. “Whoever wins that belt, I want to fight them. I want to win it, I want the heavyweight belt. So, either I get back in the tournament if somebody get’s hurt, or if Scott [Coker] permits, whoever wins the belt, let them be champion for a little bit, then let them face me. I don’t care if it’s a wrestler, stand-up, whoever, I’m going to beat them, and I’m going to win the heavyweight belt. That’s what I want.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/28/2018.