On Friday night Quinton “Rampage” Jackson continued his odyssey in the sport of MMA. Along with it being his return to the cage after more than a year away, it marked his return to Bellator MMA after a bout of unhappiness with how the company was satisfying his contract. While not a fight of the year (or night) candidate, Jackson earned a closely fought split decision win over Satoshi Ishii, in the main event of the company’s newest edition in their Dynamite series of events. With Jackson notching his fifth win in a row; his longest winning streak since 2007 — the obvious question is, who could be next for “Rampage?”
This one is as close to no-brainer matchmaking as it gets. Ortiz and Jackson are two of the biggest names ever in the division and the sport. They have been long time friends and were scheduled to face-off in the company’s first ever pay-per-view in November of 2013. However, after suffering an injury, the bout never happened. Though, after his win over Ishii, Jackson made it clear he was still open to knocking out his “friend.” So the match-up finally happening is a very real possibility.
It is a pairing that fits Bellator’s fight making style to a tee. Two aging stars with legitimate name value that can fill a main event slot and bring attention to the promotion. While both are well past their prime, it is a fight fans have wanted to see for years. Making it sure to put butts in seats and eyes balls on television screens if the fight occurred.
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