The Return of Rampage for Dynamite 2
By Edward Carbajal
The first bout and main event announced for “Bellator: Dynamite 2” show will be Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) vs. Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1). The DYNAMITE show last year consisted of an MMA light heavyweight tournament and Glory Kickboxing bouts in an event that featured both the Bellator cage and a kickboxing ring in the arena. With the announcement of starting their own kickboxing federation earlier this year and allowing Bellator MMA fighters to compete in both sports, Dynamite 2 should be an interesting card to look forward to this summer.
Ishii last fought at Rizin Fighting Federation’s first event last year where he lost to Jiri Prochazka by KO. Jackson may not be the best match-up for the Japanese fighter considering Jackson’s four-fight win streak. Jackson last fought Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 in April of 2015 and this is his first fight back at Bellator after his contract dispute when management changed at the promotion last year. Most of Ishii’s losses come by way of KO/TKO and Jackson holds half his wins by finishing people that way. They face each other at the catch weight of 215 pounds.
This is the first fight for an event that seems to mirror the way combat sports events are done in Japan and considering their success, it should be fun to watch.
“Bellator: Dynamite 2” airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis June 24. Tickets for “Bellator: Dynamite 2,” which start at just $30, go on sale this Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. CT on Ticketmaster.com and the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, with a special Bellator Nation presale available from 10 a.m. CT to 10 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 7 for fans using the code: “BELLATOR.” Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. CT local time, and the first contest takes place one hour after.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.