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6/5/13 3:51 PM
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http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/06/bellators-quinton-rampage-jackson-hints-at-a-possible-move-to-heavyweight

Longtime light heavyweight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson said he could make the move to heavyweight now that he's signed with Bellator MMA.

The ex-UFC champion, who recently a signed a multi-year deal with the rival promotion that also includes work with TNA Wrestling and a four-part reality series geared around his Bellator debut, said age and competition are reasons for the potential move.

He unveiled the plan today during a press conference in Los Angeles.

"I'm thinking of heavyweight because I'm getting older now," said Jackson, who also mentioned a lack of competition at 205 pounds. "I want to start smashing some big guys."

Bellator's heavyweight division is currently ruled by champion Alexander Volkov. Attila Vegh holds the light-heavyweight title.

Throughout the media event, Jackson continually praised Bellator, including the organization's willingness to let him return to acting gigs, while taking potshots at his former home with the UFC. He said his new deal could lay the groundwork for other fighters to make the jump from the UFC to Bellator, which currently airs its events on Spike TV.

Jackson and Bellator officials haven't determined if his first fight will come in one of the organization's four- or eight-man tournaments, or in a non-tourney affair. But with a knee injury quickly healing, he's hoping to fight by year's end.

Jackso (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BFC) recently closed out his UFC career with a three-fight skid, which included losses to champ Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. In 12 UFC fights, he posted an overall 7-5 record.

The fighter, who's ranked No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA light-heavyweight rankings, announced his split with the UFC following his January loss to Teixeira. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, UFC President Dana White said Jackson made nearly $16 million during his five-year run in the UFC. But his constant clashes with UFC officials, as well as a high-profile arrest in 2008 for two felonies related to hit and run and evading police, turned the relationship sour. Jackson also launched an acting career, which included a starring role in the 2010 film remake of "The A-Team," that took away from his time in the cage, which drew some ire from White.
6/5/13 4:03 PM
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He had performance issues at 205. Going to HW would be worse for him. 

6/5/13 4:05 PM
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A guy already known for maybe not taking training seriously enough these days is talking about moving to a higher weight class?

Not a good sign, IMO.
6/5/13 4:06 PM
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Already looks like a HW

6/5/13 4:06 PM
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6/5/13 4:06 PM
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I hope he gets matched up with Ruslan Magomedov Phone Post
6/5/13 4:08 PM
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Is that cuz he can't make weight anymore?

Unwilling to train hard?
6/5/13 4:11 PM
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Plus is that extra weight (lets be honest its fat) going to be good for his knee in the future? I cant see Bellator being locked into this thing in the long term. Rampage doesnt have the drive he had when he was a young buck.
6/5/13 4:13 PM
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Rampage is always happy, until he's not. Phone Post
6/5/13 4:15 PM
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sure sounds like a guy "who's found the passion for mma again".... he loves it so much he doesnt even wanna bother cutting weight now.

I expect the "tim sylvia" version of Rampage come time to collect his check.
6/5/13 4:16 PM
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Ducking King Mo already....
6/5/13 4:17 PM
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Rampage moves to an organization that doesn't test for perfomance enhancers and instantly talks about gaining weight?  Interdasting

#thingsthatmakeyougohmmm

6/5/13 4:17 PM
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MNFAN - Ducking King Mo already....
Exactly what I was thinking Phone Post 3.0
6/5/13 4:20 PM
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MNFAN - Ducking King Mo already....
Exactly what I was thinking Phone Post 3.0
Same. Either that or he's just plain lazy Phone Post 3.0
6/5/13 4:22 PM
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MNFAN - Ducking King Mo already....
Exactly what I was thinking Phone Post 3.0

Indeed, Rampage must be shivering in his boots at the thought of facing a guy who was knocked out cold by a weak spinning backfist in his last fight.

6/5/13 4:23 PM
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Did Rampage just diss all the LHW fighters in Bellator?? Vegh needs to get on twitter and seriously start shit talking Rampage.
6/5/13 4:26 PM
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Rampage vs Arlovski
Rampage vs Crocop
Rampage vs Tim Sylvia

Please let these fights happen. Phone Post
6/5/13 4:26 PM
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Rampage vs rumble bring it on 

6/5/13 4:30 PM
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6/5/13 4:33 PM
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Someone is going to blast away at that knee with kicks, and he is a guy that needs the right matchup to look good as it is. He had nothing for Jones and Bader. Blueprint is out there to whoop him, and add the knee into the equation and hes in trouble. That said I am sure Bellator will time things correctly and give him good matchups to maximize their profits.
6/5/13 4:41 PM
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Volkovs jabs and front kicks will give him fits
6/5/13 4:49 PM
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i'm not surprised he is moving to heavyweight one bit. keeping that weight off as you get older and get more nagging injuries has to be hard. I know people want to jump and say he is lazy but I remember just a year or two ago shogun talking about heavyweight as well...
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Maybe we will get a juiced up Rampage that only fights on reservations. Phone Post 3.0
6/5/13 4:56 PM
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Chomas - Someone is going to blast away at that knee with kicks, and he is a guy that needs the right matchup to look good as it is. He had nothing for Jones and Bader. Blueprint is out there to whoop him, and add the knee into the equation and hes in trouble. That said I am sure Bellator will time things correctly and give him good matchups to maximize their profits.
Also got absolutely dominated by glover. Phone Post 3.0
6/5/13 4:59 PM
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I would also think the weight thing might be for "rasslin" on TNA to look big but I would think doing pro wrestling and mma can't be easy there must be a high risk of injury taking bumps. Phone Post

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