Since “Rampage” Jackson signed with Bellator not long ago, fans have been waiting to hear when and who the UFC vet will take on, and according to a new report, it could be renowned boxer Roy Jones Jr. No, that’s not a joke.
MMA Junkie.com is reporting that several sources have told the outlet that Viacom, the parent company of Bellator, has plans to promote a boxing match between “Rampage” and Jones Jr. at the end of the year. Specific details regarding a date, the weight, and whether it would be branded under the Bellator banner have not been disclosed. The bout would be promoted on a pay-per-view event.
The report quotes a rep from the renowned Wolfslair Gym, where Jackson has trained extensively, stating:
“We’ve been talking to Roy and his people over a potential ‘Rampage’ vs. Roy fight for over seven months.”
“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 officials apparently declined to comment on the planned bout. Wow. Bet you didn’t see this coming huh?
Jackson hasn’t fought since January when he lost by unanimous decision to Glover Teixeira to close out his UFC contract. The 35 year-old fighter has lost three straight bouts.
Jones Jr., meanwhile, had reportedly been in talks with the UFC about the possibility of fighting Anderson Silva. The 44 year-old fighter even headed out to Las Vegas to meet with Dana White during the July 6th, UFC 162 weekend.
“Rampage” has expressed an interest in boxing, and Jones Jr. clearly has no problems meeting a MMA fighter in the ring, so this certainly seems possible.