Quinton Jackson gets back on the horse with Bellator MMA

Quinton (Rampage) Jackson signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV....

Quinton (Rampage) Jackson signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV. (FABRIZIO BENSCH/Reuters)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

Quinton (Rampage) Jackson has rediscovered his love for mixed martial arts.

Toward the end of his UFC run, the former light-heavyweight champion openly discussed his strained relationship with the world's largest MMA organization. Following a three-fight losing skid, which culminated in a unanimous-decision defeat against Glover Teixeira in January, the 13-year veteran opted to explore free agency.

Following a brief break, Jackson has now signed a multi-year contract with Bellator MMA, Spike TV and TNA Wrestling. The agreement also opens the door to potential movie opportunities with Paramount Studios.

“My dream is coming true,” Jackson said during a media call Wednesday. “Basically, I feel like all the hard work and things I did to my body in the past are paying off now. I lost a lot of love for MMA. I'm not going to lie, I lost a lot of love for MMA back when I was in the UFC. Honestly, they just killed it, they drained it. But this new deal's got me so excited. It instantly brought the love back.


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