There is some interesting news coming out of Bellator today. Viacom is reportedly set to announce at Bellator 97 that they will be going head-to-head with the UFC for a year-end pay-per view that would feature a boxing match between former mixed martial arts champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former multi-division boxing champion Roy Jones Jr.
Not many details have been announced, but the plans for the match up have been confirmed.
“We’ve been talking to Roy and his people over a potential ‘Rampage’ vs. Roy fight for over seven months,” a representative close to Jackson told MMA Junkie.
“If it happens, it would be an incredible fight. 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 would not comment on the reported talks.
Roy Jones Jr. was previously linked to a potential bout with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but those talks fell apart following Silva’s knockout loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
It will be incredibly interesting to see what weight class this bout would go down at if the talks continue. Jackson is the much larger man who cuts a lot of weight to get down to 205-pounds. Jones is lucky to see that weight on his heaviest day.
This bout seems like it would have some freak show qualities to it because of the difference in size, but you can be sure plenty of people would tune in to watch — it just may not be the best idea to go up against the UFC’s year-end pay-per view that features Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II and Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II.