Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Really? Why? Does anyone really want to see that now?
Roy Jones Jr. was at one time the pound for pound king of the world, won titles in multiple divisions including the heavyweight division and, according to the Boxing Writers Association of America, the fighter of the decade for the 1990’s.
But that was a long time ago, he is now 44 years old and should have been long retired but as we know with fighters they never really retire. His last great performance was 10 years ago in his first bout with Antonio Tarver, who later beat Jones Jr. in the rematch and one other time. Since that first fight with Tarver Jones Jr. has gone 7-7 in his 14 professional fights, a .500 average not exactly what you expect of a pound for pound king.
Then we have Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the former UFC light heavyweight champion of the world. The man who’s slams and knockout power made him an instant favorite with fight fans everywhere. Rampage is now 35 years old and in the twilight of his career, since winning the light heavyweight championship from UFC hall of famer Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell, Rampage has a record of 5-5 a .500 average like Jones jr.
So do we really need to see two mediocre past their prime fighters square off in a boxing match? No we don’t but we are going to anyway because well like it or not both guys are still popular and relevant. Both guys were great fighters at one point and both also have acted in Hollywood movies as well and there’s someone willing to pay them to fight and that’s Viacom.
Viacom (Bellator MMA’s parent Company) apparently want to battle the UFC for PPV revenue by pitting the Rampage vs. Jones Jr. fight on PPV against UFC 168 in December of this year. Now I’m no Miss Cleo (90’s reference boom!) but of course I see the UFC dominate this match up and get the most buys for UFC 168. But the greater point is the competition period, for long UFC has been the only show in town, the major leagues of MMA and others have tried (Pride, Strikeforce, Affliction, etc.) to compete with them but they all have failed. Well now enter Bellator MMA with backing from Viacom (the world’s fourth largest media conglomerate) and former UFC stars (Randy Couture, Rampage Jackson, maybe Tito Ortiz) they seem poised and ready to take on the Giant that is Zuffa.
I love the competition because its healthy, and makes the product better which means we as MMA fans win, but there’s my problem with this is that it’s not MMA it’s a boxing match and we can all debate the MMA vs. boxing thing forever but here’s my 2 cents, an MMA fighter will 99.9% of the time beat a boxer with MMA rules and a Boxer will 99.9% of the time beat an MMA fighter with boxing rules, it’s really that simple for me. If Viacom and Bellator really want to compete with the UFC then they need to put on MMA shows that feature amazing fights and not a Circus of has beens. What’s next Viacom? Randy Couture vs. Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage Match? After all TNA wrestling is part of the Viacom family as well, why not challenge the UFC and WWE at the same time?
I don’t know about you guys but I will be watching Silva vs. Weidman II, and Rousey vs. Tate II instead. But I will say this though, it’s nice to have a choice, I just wish it was a better choice.
Sport Is Everything. Gus Rodriguez of MMA Mount.
Featured Image by Bill(iudshi8uf) (Flickr: Champion Roy Jones Jr.) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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