Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson makes his long awaited debut in Bellator tonight against another former UFC fighter, Joey Beltran. Rampage’s initial fight in Bellator was supposed to be a pay per view battle with fellow UFC legend Tito Ortiz at Bellator 106. Media and fans alike ridiculed Bellator for providing a weak main event to an otherwise stellar card. In the end, Tito Ortiz injured his neck, forcing the bout to be cancelled and the pay per view to be called off. Instead, fans were treated to an incredible main event on free TV courtesy of Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez.
Rampage will look to put Tito in his rear view mirror as he focuses on dispatching Joey Beltran tonight. Rampage, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, has not won a fight since 2011. Beltran, who is 1-4-1 in his last 6 bouts, was just cut by the UFC about a month ago after losing a decision to Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29. Will Beltran be able to take advantage of this opportunity or will Rampage put on a vintage performance?
Round 1: Rampage is stalking Joey toward the fence, and an outside leg kick lands. Rampage with a 1-2, and Beltran pushes Rampage up against the fence. On the exit, Joey lands two hooks and a big right! Rampage eats it and is back to stalking Joey as he circles. Rampage tells Beltran to come on. Rampage wings a left that misses. Beltran with a left hook. Rampage with an outside leg kick and a 1-2. Joey pushes forward with a 1-2 and some jabs, but Rampage with nice head movement. Beltran catches a kick and swarms! Rampage is up against the fence and they are trading knees to the body. Rampage is pummeling with one under hook as Joey lands a nice body shot. Beltran to the head, and an uppercut from Rampage. Beltran is throwing a lot of punches here, but they have nothing on them. He is definitely frustrating Rampage. Another knee for Rampage and he pushes Joey off. Rampage ducks under and throws a hellacious left hook that misses. Joey immediately pushes him back to the fence and he eats another knee the body. Rampage turns him around and backs off. Rampage nails Joey with a left hook and outside leg kick. Rampage attacking with 10 seconds to go and nails him with a BIG left hook and right hand right behind it! Joey falls to his knees and a follow up punch finishes it for good! WOW! Great KO by Rampage with 1 second left in the round. Rampage and Joey are in a heated exchange right now. It looks like Joey is saying he was not out, but Rampage is telling him to watch the replay.
Official Decision: Rampage Jackson defeats Joey Beltran via KO Round 1 (4:59)
Here is the GIF of the finish courtesy of Zombie Prophet: