Rampage and Tito Ortiz were originally scheduled to face off at Bellator 106 on November 2nd, however, that bout was scrapped when Ortiz was forced to withdraw due to a serious neck injury. Bellator adjusted by canceling its PPV arrangement and replacing their main event with Alvarez vs. Chandler II. Surprisingly, the event turned out to be a huge success and many now believe that the Ortiz vs. Rampage fight was a bad idea to begin with.
It turns out that one of those people is Rampage Jackson himself. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, Rampage said he is no longer interested in fighting his friend and former training partner.
“I’m not interested in fighting Tito anymore,” Rampage said. “No interest. There’s a couple reasons why, but I’m not interested. I’m over it.”
Jackson said he doesn’t want to fight Ortiz because he doesn’t want to risk signing a fight with someone who repeatedly gets injured and pulls out of fights; or worse, if Ortiz actually fought and Rampage were to deliver a very serious injury to his friend.
“The only reason I was even interested in fighting Tito was because Tito and I used to be training partners and I always wanted to know if I would beat him or not,” Jackson explained. “That’s what I was getting out of fighting Tito, not because he’s a big name.”
Jackson also made it clear that he doesn’t want to fight Dan Henderson either. Having most recently lost to Vitor Belfort, Henderson is currently riding a three-fight losing streak and isn’t contracted with any organization. If he were to sign with Bellator, he could be a potential opponent for Jackson, except Jackson has no interest in fighting him.
“Why would I be interested in having a rematch with Dan Henderson?” Jackson asked. “I already beat him; I beat him for the unified titles. I beat him for the PRIDE title. He has no titles now. He sucks.”
Jackson is currently scheduled to fight Joey Beltran on Friday at Bellator 108.