Rampage has officially returned

On Saturday night, during the UFC Fight Night 58 broadcast on Fox Sports 1, the UFC officially announced they had re-signed former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quentin ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

“I’m back,” stated Jackson during the broadcast. “This is where I belong.”

Jackson (35-11) has not competed inside the Octagon since he parted ways with the UFC back in 2012 following three straight losses to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. Rampage would eventually sign with rival promotion Bellator MMA. He was originally schedueld to face off against fellow UFC light heavyweight turned Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz is his promotional before an injury to the Ortiz forced Bellator to scrap the contest all together.

The popular fighter, who holds victories over a plethora of MMA icons such as Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson, was last seen earning a controversial split decision win over ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal in their main event grudge match at Bellator 120 in may. Prior to this win, Jackson earned back-to-back first round TKOs over Joey Belran and Christian M’Pumbu in his first two fights under the Bellator banner. If those last two names don’t immediately jump off the page, don’t feel too bad. It is this exact reason, Jackson sought out a return to his former employers.

“I left, got my knees fixed and healed up and I got excited about fighting and it showed in my training camps,” he said. “I don’t feel like I was fighting the same caliber of guys that was in the UFC, but at the same time my training camps went a lot smoother and made me more excited about being a fighter.

“I went out in the world and I looked at the other side and said ‘man, the grass looks greener over there across the street.’ So I ran across the street and looked at the grass and it got ran over by the lawnmower. (Laughs) Sometimes you think the grass is greener and you’ve got to take that chance. I never would have known if I hadn’t gone out there.”

There is currently no word on when or who Jackson will make his official in-ring return against will be.  But according to Jackson, he is look for an opportunity to rematch any of the fighters who defeated during his previous run with the company, specifically singling out fellow Pride FC legend Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.

“I just want to put on good, exciting fights,” Jackson stated. “I don’t really care about fighting people like Dan Henderson because I already beat him. I know it was a close fight, but I know I beat him and that was a historic night for me. That was the night I unified the belts and it was one of my favorite moments in my fighting career. But guys like Shogun (Rua), I really want to fight him. I love Shogun as a person, he’s a great guy, and a great warrior, but I want fights like that against Shogun, and Rashad and Glover and Jon Jones. The guys I really want to face again are the people that beat me.”


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