Rampage Bellator 01 The speculation about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts future concluded on Tuesday when it was confirmed that the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has signed a multi-year deal with Bellator Fighting Championships.

The deal also encompasses a contract with Spike TV, the network which airs Bellator, as well as a part-time contract with Total Nonstop Action wrestling, which also runs on the channel. In addition, Spike TV are also planning to create a four-part reality TV series for their new asset, which will follow Rampage’s life outside the cage.

Quinton Jackson (32-11) has been a free agent since finishing out the last fight of his UFC contract in January; a losing effort to Glover Teixeira. In the ensuing months there were rumours that Jackson may sign for the upstart One FC promotion but instead he opted for the lucrative Bellator deal, to become one of the promotion’s biggest acquisitions to date.

The PRIDE and UFC veteran will compete in the Bellator cage once his knee has healed, quite possibly at heavyweight rather than Jackson’s familiar 205lbs. He also made his official debut in TNA on their Thursday night television show Impact Wrestling, when he confronted Olympic gold medallist and pro-wrestling veteran Kurt Angle.

It should be noted that Rampage isn’t the first Mixed Martial Artist to sign a deal with both Bellator and Total Nonstop Action. Jackson joins fellow outspoken and charismatic light heavyweight Mohammed “King Mo” Lawal in penning a joint MMA and pro-wrestling contract. Given that the two men had a public war of words a few years back, one wonders whether Bellator will be hoping to capitalize on this and set up a money match between the two men, down the line.

The challenge for Bellator and co- now is to keep “Rampage” happy and motivated. Jackson made no secret of the fact that he was dissatisfied with what he perceived to be poor treatment in his latter years with the company.

Much of the trouble stemmed from Jackson securing the role in the big screen adaptation of The A-Team, filming commitments for which led to the cancellation of his planned UFC 107 grudge match versus Rashad Evans, which had been heavily hyped on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where Jackson and Evans coached opposing teams. Jackson’s 2008 arrest for charges relating to a hit and run and evading police – part of a very public meltdown following Jackson’s UFC title loss to Forrest Griffin – also fractured the relationship between the two parties.

“I lost a lot of love for MMA, I’m not going to lie,” Jackson told the assembled press, at his official unveiling. “I lost a lot of love for MMA back when I was in the UFC. Honestly they just killed it, they drained it.”

Despite earning an estimated $16 million during his six year tenure with the UFC, Rampage grew disillusioned with the promotion, citing numerous grievances in public forums. He frequently clashed with UFC officials and made no secret of his plans to leave the UFC once he’d honoured his contract, noting his falling out with UFC President Dana White, as well as his annoyance at being unable to promote those sponsors of which the UFC didn’t approve.

By all accounts, this new deal with Viacom is a dream come true for Rampage, one that will allow him to pursue numerous different avenues – including more movie work – at the same time.

Whether the volatile and unpredictable Rampage remains happy in his current position will remain to be seen, but for now the MMA veteran appears content.

“I see me being happy with these guys for the rest of my career,” he said. “I can just feel it.”