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Bellator MMA Wins Injunction, Forces Rampage Jackson Off UFC 186

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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.

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Daniel Reveles
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.
  • JB5t

    "The UFC organization is also surprised that Bellator sat on its alleged rights for months before taking action."

    Only issue with this is that Scott Coker declared that Bellator would exercise its legal rights back in December. They filed on March 2 but UFC can't say there was no fair warning.

    https://twitter.com/ScottCoker/status/546515341816250368