Popular light heavyweight and former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has landed the role of B. A. Baracus in the upcoming “A-Team” movie, which is currently being filmed for a mid-2010 release.
The role, which was portrayed by Mr. T in the 1980s series, will prevent Jackson from fighting Rashad Evans in the co-main event of UFC 107 on December 12, according to MMA Bay, which is known to have close ties to Jackson’s Wolfslair camp.
Jackson and Evans will appear as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 10, which is set to debut on September 16 on Spike TV featuring heavyweight Kimbo Slice, and were scheduled to meet at the pay-per-view event in Jackson’s hometown, but the recently-announced lightweight championship matchup between title-holder BJ Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez will instead top the card, while Jackson-Evans is rescheduled for early-2010 so Jackson can complete a full camp for the fight after filming for the movie concludes.
Jackson (30-7) passed on a title shot against Lyoto Machida earlier this year following back-to-back victories over Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine, instead opting for a second stint as a coach on the UFC’s reality series and showdown with fellow contender and former champion Evans.
Evans (13-1-1), is also familiar with TUF, appearing as a heavyweight on the second season of the show, suffered a second-round knockout to Machida in his most-recent bout in May. He was previously undefeated in 14 career fights with notable wins over Michael Bisping, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin.
Pictured: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson