Rampage Jackson Next Fight: Rematch with King Mo, Title Shot Against Emaunel Newton, or Bout with Tito Ortiz?

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Rampage Jackson narrowly beat King Mo on Saturday night at Bellator 120.

Now fans are wondering who Jackson will face next.

There’s a possibility that Jackson and Mo will face-off again. The fight was close and some believe that Mo actually won.

Mo was especially upset after the fight because he thought he won, which could set up a rematch somewhere down the line.

But Jackson’s next fight is supposed to be against Emanuel Newton, the current Bellator light heavyweight championship.

Newton has two wins over Mo, indicating that a bout with Jackson would be interesting to watch.

Jackson noted that the fight seems complicated by the face that he and Newton share the same coach, Antonio McKee.

“That is a factor in this. Emanuel and I both share (McKee) and we train together sometimes,” he said, reported Yahoo. “I don’t know how that’s going to work. How that’s going to affect our gym. We are like a family.”

Then again, some observers believe that the Newton-Jackson match won’t happen just yet.

MMA Mania, for instance, reports that Bellator will likely try to book Jackson against Tito Ortiz, who beat middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120.

“Both fighters have been friends for a long time and they even traded verbal jabs at each other during last night’s post-fight press conference. It’s easy for both of these fighters to raise awareness for their proposed meeting not only because they’re big talkers, but they could also plan out pre-fight interviews behind the scenes to generate hype.”

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney didn’t give much indication regarding Jackson’s next bout.

“Talk about good problems to have,” he said. “They’re talking rematch. We’ve got Emanuel Newton, who is a spectacularly talented 205er. That’s what you look for. You look to build the kind of depth where you have a King Mo Lawal, you got a Rampage Jackson, you got a Tito Ortiz, and by the way, Emanuel Newton actually has the belt and has been beating people up.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.