Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonaldo on UFC 186’s main card in April, but don’t count on the bout quite yet. Bellator released an official statement this morning regarding a court injunction to prevent Rampage from fighting for the UFC until he has finished his current Bellator contract.
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.
Rampage signed with Bellator in 2013, picking up knockout wins over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu and a controversial decision win over “King Mo” Lawal on pay-per-view. At the news of Rampage’s signing with the UFC, Bellator CEO Scott Coker stated that he was still under contract with Bellator. Rampage’s team claimed that there were multiple breaches of contract following Bjorn Rebney’s removal from the promotion. Both sides claim to be in the right in the back and forth, but for now it looks like Rampage is not on solid ground in his return to the UFC. Scifighting will have more on “Rampage” Jackson and the contractual battle as the story develops.