No official word yet from Bellator, but the fight makes plenty of sense. Bellator's Nov. 15 card in Atlantic City was in desperate need of a big-name main event, and the addition of Jackson vs Sokoudjou would be just what the doctor ordered.
Jackson was supposed to fight Tito Ortiz on Nov. 2 in Bellator's first dip into pay-per-view, but "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" dropped off the card due to a neck injury.
"It's very frustrating right now, honestly thinking about it," Jackson said after learning that he wouldn't be fighting Ortiz on pay-per-view.
"If I'm going to keep it real, I would have said, 'Look, throw another opponent at me and still keep the pay-per-view because I trained really hard for this.' I had my knees fixed. I just wanted to show the world and the fans that still support me that I'm back. Everybody thought I was done after I lost my fight to Shogun (Rua).
"Throw somebody else in there like Kimbo Slice, Houston Alexander, anybody in Bellator," Jackson continued. "I don't know what's going on. People keep talking about all these different guys, Tyrone Spong -- I don't know his name. Throw anybody in there. I don't care, I'm ready. I'll [fight] anybody. Get Chuck Liddell out of retirement. Put the pay-per-view on."
If Jackson does indeed fight Sokoudjou, he'll be taking on a UFC and Pride veteran who holds victories over the likes of Bob Sapp and Ricardo Arona.
“We were witness to an incredible night of fights during our first visit to Revel and I expect nothing but the same on November 15th,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said of the Atlantic City card. “Atlantic City has become a second home for Bellator and with New Jersey favorites like Pellegrino and DeBlass on this card to compliment two tournament finals, Revel is in store for another huge night of fights.”
Jackson vs Sokoudjou isn't yet official, but Bellator has confirmed the card will include the return of Point Pleasant’s own Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino, who had been in retirement.
“I’ve been in retirement for the last two years, but I’ve been in the gym every day since and the competitive fire has still been burning inside of me,” Pellegrino said. “Every morning I wake up I realize I had the same dream as the night before, and it’s to go out the way I want. With Bellator back in Atlantic City, this is my opportunity to end my nightmare and go out the way I want, the way I deserve.”