Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson was scheduled to face off against former training partner Tito Ortiz in the main event in, what would have been, Bellator’s inaugural Pay-Per-View on November 2nd. That fight never happened as Ortiz suffered a neck fracture, subsequently Bellator cancelled the PPV and BFC 106 aired for free on Spike TV.
‘Rampage’ was determined to fight on the card but unfortunately for him Bellator could not find a replacement in time. Jackson will now face off against fellow UFC veteran Joey Beltran in two days’ time at BFC 108. The former UFC light-heavyweight champ, Jackson, took time out of training to speak to MMAjunkie.com about his displeasure in not being able to fight Ortiz.
“I was pretty upset. You train for somebody, and you look forward to fighting them. The only reason I was even interested in fighting Tito was because Tito and I used to be training partners and I always wanted to know if I would beat him or not. That’s what I was getting out of fighting Tito, not because he’s a big name."
‘Rampage’ had this to say about the possibility of fighting ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ in the future.
“I’m not interested in fighting Tito anymore. No interest. There’s a couple reasons why, but I’m not interested. I’m over it.”
Jackson seems to have changed his mind about fighting Ortiz awfully quick. I mean, when signing his contract to fight Ortiz, ‘Rampage’ must have known there was more than a possibility that Tito may pull out to injury. It’s Tito Ortiz Quinton, come on.
‘Rampage’ also had a few words about the possibility of a rematch with Dan Henderson. ‘Hendo’ last fight on his UFC contract was his defeat to Vitor Belfort. The 43 year old is now on a three fight losing streak and could possibly find himself looking for a new organisation to compete with if he fails to re-sign with the UFC.
“Why would I be interested in having a rematch with Dan Henderson? I already beat him; I beat him for the unified titles. I beat him for the PRIDE title. He has no titles now. He sucks.”
While Jackson may not be interested in a rematch with ‘Hendo’ I’m sure his employers would be. If Bellator did sign Henderson (which they will no doubt want to), a rematch with ‘Rampage’ would no doubt be the biggest fight they could make for him. But for now we will see Jackson take on people who he thinks don’t “suck”, like his next fight against ‘never close to top ten ranked fighter’ Joey Beltran…