Rumors have been swirling that hip-hop icon 50 Cent is looking to make his mixed martial arts debut. More specifically, the 42-year-old rapper reportedly wants to rake on former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson under the banner of Bellator MMA.
Bellator 199 went down on Saturday, May 12, in San Jose, Calif. and 50 Cent was in attendance. Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker offered a few words on the matter.
“Yeah, he’s got a new album dropping in about six weeks.”
“I’ll go back to the first time we met. He wanted to talk about MMA. And there were some pictures taken, people speculate. I don’t know where he said he was going to fight a three-fight deal – I don’t even think he said it. I think somebody else started that rumor: ‘He’s going to fight, he’s going to fight a three-fight deal, then he’s going to fight ‘Rampage.”
“It’s like, look, he loves MMA. And when a big star like that loves MMA and wants to be involved … it just makes a lot of sense. And he wanted to come. He wanted to check it out. This was his first time to a Bellator fight.”
“On the way out he said, ‘You know what, I’ll see you in London. I’m going to be there, because I love this. This is fantastic,’ So, he’s a friend of the family. We’ll see where it goes.”