ARLINGTON, Texas – According to Quinton Jackson, Triad Combat is here for the long haul.
Boxing and MMA fighters tested their skills against each other in Triller’s triangle-shaped ring on Saturday evening, and former UFC light heavyweight champion “Rampage” thinks the promotion is on to something big.
The first event featuring the triangle ring took place at Globe Life Field, seeing a total of seven fights, with a healthy dose of legendary heavy metal band Metallica throughout the evening. “Rampage” served as the team captain for the MMA fighters opposite Shannon Briggs, who represented the boxers.
“It’s something new; I think it’s here to stay,” Jackson told MMA Junkie after the event concluded. “I think the UFC is gonna be worried about this. I don’t know what Dana White’s response is gonna be.”
UFC president White was invited to attend the event by Triller’s co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh so he could “see a proper production in action” but did not make the trip to Texas to take up the offer.
MMA fighters represented their side very well by winning four of the seven bouts over the boxers, earning the team championship belt for winning the point total between the two combat sports disciplines. UFC veterans Albert Tumenov and Mike Perry were among the winners at the event representing MMA, proving that their skills can translate into a ruleset that largely favors boxers.
In addition to performing inside the ring, Triller boasted the fighters earned well above what they would have been paid underneath other promotions’ banners for their services. Some of the fighters confirmed this during fight week, although specific payouts were not revealed.
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Ultimately, “Rampage” was impressed with the group of MMA fighters he led into battle on Saturday and is a fan of the entire experience that Triller provides – and with that, believes other major promotions should take notice of what they’re doing.
“I think UFC and Bellator should be worried right now, honestly,” Jackson stated.
Check out the full interview with ‘Rampage’ in the video below:
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