Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Rampage Jackson, has inked a deal with the Thailand-based combat sports league known for its unconventional matchups .Rampage is set to make his debut on March 31 on the the sixth installment of the series.
“Fight Circus” focuses mainly on pop-MMA, which features non-professional or amateurs with little to no experience or proper training in mixed martial arts. The matches tend to feature peculiar and ridiculous scenarios such as intergender bouts, medieval clashes, and dwarf vs. dwarf events.
Rampage Jackson and Bob Sapp are set to be in the main event against a pair of relative unknowns – promotion’s CEO Jon Nutt and Bangtao Muay Thai & MMA Strength and Conditioning Mastermind, Woody.
Full Metal Dojo has hosted several events under the name “Fight Circus”. This won’t be the first nor the last tag team match for the pop MMA promotion.
Rampage Jackson is a seasoned veteran of combat sports, having won the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2007 by defeating Chuck Liddell and defended it once against Dan Henderson. After his release by the UFC in 2015, he joined rival promotion, Bellator MMA.
During his time at Bellator MMA, Jackson had a record of 1-3, with his most recent bout in 2019 against Fedor Emelianenko, which he lost via first-round knockout. He was later released by Bellator MMA but expressed his desire to have a few more matches before retiring.
In a recent interview, Jackson shared his desire to have several grudge matches before retiring. He’s interested in a fifth bout against Wanderlei Silva and in facing Marvin Eastman, whom he has a tied record of 1-1. He also wanted to face and Darrill Schoonover, whom he gave the nickname “T*tties” on TUF, causing a huge beef between the two.
Rampage Jackson’s upcoming appearance at “Fight Circus” is set to be one of the most unconventional events in combat sports history. Pairing him with an old school legend that is Bob Sapp might be a good idea but it’s unclear how exactly a promoter and a strength coach can stand up to two MMA icons.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.