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Bellator Files Lawsuit to Prevent “Rampage” Jackson From Making UFC Return

Kelsey Mowatt

Rampage Jackson

After it was announced that the UFC has resigned “Rampage” Jackson, Bellator promised to launch a legal battle, and now the promotion has evidently done just that.

Jackson and the UFC shocked the MMA world late last year, by announcing that the former light-heavyweight champ was returning to the organization. Most people believed Jackson was still under contract with Bellator, but the fighter and his reps argued the promotion hadn’t met all of their contractual obligations. Bellator President Scott Coker contended that “Rampage” was still under contract with the Viacom property, but eventually, he was booked to fight Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186.

More recently, there hadn’t been much news in terms of what Bellator was going to do, but on Monday, the promotion released the following statement:

Today, Bellator MMA was compelled to go to court to stop Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from fighting in an April 25th bout promoted by Bellator’s competitor, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  Jackson, who has completed only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with Bellator, is barred by contract from fighting for any promoter other than Bellator. Our lawsuit for an injunction and related relief – filed in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court in Burlington County, New Jersey – will compel Jackson to honor his contractual agreement.   We look forward to having one of our MMA stars fighting for Bellator again.

So, now we’ll have to play the waiting game to see what unfolds. UFC 186 is set to take place on April 25th in Montreal, Quebec, so depending on what goes down in the coming weeks, Jackson could be pulled from the card.

Jackson finished out his last UFC deal in 2013, after losing three straight, and secured a deal with Bellator. At first, Jackson appeared to be extremely happy with the move, but after he decisioned “King Mo” Lawal last May, his relationship with the promotion started to turn. The 36 year-old has gone 3-0 to date with Bellator.

In addition to defeating Lawal, Jackson stopped Joey Beltran and Christian M’Pumbu under the Bellator banner.

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