Thats right folks, you read that right. Bellator parent company Viacom is set to announce a boxing match between MMA fighter Rampage Jackson, and boxer Roy Jones Jr on pay-per-view. It is anticipated that the match will take place sometime towards the end of the year. No weight class or date are yet confirmed and it is unknown how the event will be presented seeing as Bellator is an MMA promotion. There have been many negotiations and Bjorn Rebney has attended every single one of them. For a long time now Rampage Jackson, has expressed his desire to box on a professional level and if this fight is to happen, he will be diving in head first with one of Boxing’s greatest of all time.
This is coming at the tail end of years and years in which MMA’s greatest of all time, Anderson Silva, begged for a fight with Roy. That fight has been indefinitely postponed, as Anderson Silva recently was knocked out cold by Chris Weidman at UFC 162. That rematch is set for December 28th at UFC 168, so it’s unrealistic at this point to wait for Anderson to be ready any time shortly after that.
I believe this is an extremely poor move on Bellator’s end, as Rampage is one of the biggest draws they have ever had in their promotion and he has never done anything to show he has what it takes to box with one of the legends of Boxing. Old or not, Roy Jones Jr is lightyears ahead of Rampage in the game of fisticuffs and Bellator’s new star could be losing some serious drawing power.