“Rampage” Jackson scored a victory over Fabio Maldonado in his UFC return this past spring, and according to the former light-heavyweight champ, it may have been his last pro bout.
The charismatic fighter worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Maldonado at UFC 186 in April, which marked the first time Jackson had fought for the UFC since 2013. Jackson was returning to the organization after fighting for Bellator, and did so while a battle over his contractual status is in full swing.
Well, although Bellator was unable to prevent Jackson from fighting at UFC 186, the legal dispute hasn’t ended, which is likely why “Rampage” isn’t booked for his next fight. The 37 year-old recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and clearly, it sounds like his issues with Bellator are far from over (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I really do think that I fought my last fight,” Jackson said. “Because, you guys weren’t in the mediation with me when Viacom said what they want for me to settle. I felt like it was lopsided and my attorney felt like it was lopsided. I don’t think I can tell you [what it was], but I could sue them for a lot of money. Because I lost a lot of money. And they want to settle, I was like wow.
“I don’t think I can tell you guys, but if I ever find out I can tell you, I’ll put it out there. But I don’t think I can.”
If you’re a Jackson fan then clearly this is very unfortunate news. All this comes at a time when the PRIDE vet has won four in a row, and at 37, spending months and months on the sideline isn’t a good thing.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds, as clearly the UFC believed Jackson would be be legally clear to fight for the promotion. Jackson and his management team say Bellator didn’t honor all the terms of his contract, and therefore, it’s null and void. Bellator and Viacom obviously believe this isn’t the case.