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Report: Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Slated for Year-End Boxing Match


(“…and as part of your signing bonus, we’re going to hook you up with a tricked-out, 2014 stretch Winnebago.” Photo props: Bellator MMA via mmanytt.se)

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is becoming quite the utility player for Viacom. With his Bellator MMA debut looming in the future and his TNA wrestling career already underway, Rampage is about to add boxing to his list of duties. And we’re not talking about beating up some random cans in Oklahoma — the former UFC/PRIDE star will reportedly be fighting none other than multi-divisional boxing champ Roy Jones Jr., as part of a pay-per-view event targeted for the end of the year. As MMAJunkie reports:

Viacom is expected to announce plans to go head-to-head with pay-per-view juggernaut Zuffa LLC and its UFC 168 offering at next week’s Bellator 97 event on Spike TV.

An unveiling of Bellator fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s plans with the promotion will likely include a pay-per-view boxing match with former multi-division boxing champ Roy Jones Jr., multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

The fight is expected to take place at the end of the year, though a date and weight class for the bout could not immediately be confirmed. It’s also unclear how the event will be branded given Bellator and parent company Viacom’s focus on MMA.

“We’ve been talking to Roy and his people over a potential ‘Rampage’ vs. Roy fight for over seven months,” a representative from Jackson’s longtime team, Wolfslair MMA, told MMAjunkie.com. The rep requested anonymity due to the ongoing negotiations related to the matchup.

“If it happens, it would be an incredible fight,” the rep said. “Boxing and MMA have both been discussed, and (Bellator Chairman and CEO) Bjorn (Rebney) has been in these discussions every step of the way. I can’t say much more than that. We’ll see what happens.”

Bellator MMA officials declined to comment on the possible event.

Alright, two things…

- Although the Junkie report suggests that the Rampage vs. RJJ match could go head-to-head with UFC 168, it would be promotional suicide to put this stunt-fight up against a UFC event that features the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch and Ronda Rousey’s next appearance against Miesha Tate. Viacom is crazy — crazy enough to hire Rampage Jackson, at least — but surely they’re not that crazy. At the moment, the latest 2013 date without a fight event already scheduled is December 7th.

- I’ll just state the obvious: The only purpose of this boxing match is to screw with the UFC. Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. have been going back and forth about a potential boxing match for over five years, and Jones even flew out to Las Vegas for UFC 162 to discuss it with UFC president Dana White. But now that Silva torpedoed every UFC super-fight possibility by losing to Weidman, Bellator is locking RJJ down for a boxing match on their turf. Well played, you devious bastards.

Until we hear Rampage Jackson and Roy Jones announcing that they’ve signed contracts for a certain date, we’re just looking at this as a weird possibility for now. But don’t act like you wouldn’t watch this freak show.

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phantom151- July 27, 2013 at 8:19 am
I have always been a big rampage fan...having said that he is a retard to take that fight..he might wanna box say kimbo slice or some shit...sure he has heavy hands and good stand up..but to fight Roy Jones Jr. who will go down as one of the best boxers of all time is just dumb...if it turns out to be a MMA fight ok but if he box's him its over before starts he wont even hit RJJ.
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El Guapo- July 26, 2013 at 10:29 am
If it does in fact gets made it better not be anything more than a 5 rounder, or 'Page is gonna be gassed like a mo'fo, y'know. Also, RJJ's chin isn't with the program anymore. Quentin hitts him flush with one of them thangs.... Say goodnight.
Fried Taco- July 26, 2013 at 9:14 am
I'm hoping it is like that Shinya Aoki vs Yuichiro Nagashima fight. First round is only boxing, and second round is only body slams. There would be no third round.
The12ozCurls- July 26, 2013 at 8:16 am
@JJ

I know Bob Arum will be sprinting to the nearest camera & microphone to pontificate. At least Rampage isn't a "skinhead white guy." (Right Bob?)
The12ozCurls- July 26, 2013 at 8:11 am
Regardless of the weight limit they decide to fight at, I predict Rampage comes in at Mayorga-Weight (20 lbs. over the contracted limit). Even the Rumble-Weight King, Anthony Johnson, thinks the Mayorga-Weight class is a bunch of lazy slobs.
J.Jones- July 26, 2013 at 8:08 am
The thing that pisses me off about this matchup is that after RJJ has his way with Page, clueless sports anchors/reporters around the world will use it as an opportunity to boast the superiority of boxers to MMA fighters a la Sylvia vs. Mercer. But yeah, I'll watch it.
Teehee McPeepee- July 26, 2013 at 7:37 am
Terrible striker vs Roy Jones Jr. Sure, seems legit.
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