Fans who bought tickets to UFC 186 will be in a “rampage” after the Burlington County Superior Court of New Jersey ruled in favor of Bellator MMA in a preliminary injunction hearing, resulting in superstar Quinton Jackson being pulled from the April 25th card.
Earlier this year Jackson claimed he had the right to terminate his contract with Bellator MMA due to the promotions inability to properly promote his fights and provide him with pay-per-view numbers following his bout at Bellator 120. The former PRIDE superstar opted to return to the UFC after terminating his contract. The move drastically changed the power structure in MMA as the UFC’s number one competitor had lost arguably its biggest draw.
The UFC then scheduled Jackson to compete against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186. The booking prompted Bellator to take action, filling an injunction to keep Jackson off the card and on the Bellator roster. With the injunction’s success both promotions have released statements in regard to the ruling.
Bellator MMA’s Statement:
We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having Rampage fighting for Bellator again soon.
UFC’s statement on Rampage Jackson:
UFC has been advised of the New Jersey state court’s ruling in the matter between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Bellator MMA. The UFC organization was surprised about the ruling because Mr. Jackson represented to UFC on multiple occasions that he was free to negotiate and contract with UFC. The UFC organization is also surprised that Bellator sat on its alleged rights for months before taking action.
UFC understands that Mr. Jackson is considering an emergency appeal, and UFC is also considering action to protect its rights and minimize damages regarding this matter. UFC 186 in Montreal, Canada will proceed as planned and UFC is currently evaluating its fight card options.
The UFC 186 main card currently stands as follows:
Flyweight Title Bout: Demetrious Johnson (c.) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Middleweight Bout: Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
Catchweight (160 lbs bout): John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell
Bantamweight Bout: Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almedia
It is currently unknown if Fabio Maldonaldo will remain on the card.