Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) might be scheduled to face Fabio Maldonado next month at UFC 186, but, as expected, Jackson will have to win another fight before he competes for anyone besides Bellator MMA.
On Monday, Bellator filed a lawsuit against Jackson in New Jersey Superior Court to prevent him from fighting Maldonado under the UFC banner because he’s still under contract with them. According to Bellator, Jackson is only halfway through the exclusive six-fight agreement he inked with the Viacom-backed mixed martial arts promotion in July 2013.
“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),” Bellator expressed in an official statement. “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.”
This move should come as no surprise. The UFC announced in December they had re-signed their former light heavyweight champion to a multi-fight deal, despite the fact Jackson was still under contract with Bellator.
Jackson claimed that he was able to void his deal with Bellator because they didn’t hold up their end of the initial agreement. He did not elaborate on what Bellator failed to do.
Jackson essentially completed his contractual obligations with the UFC following January 2013’s unanimous decision defeat to Glover Teixeira. Although there was some fine print at the bottom of his contract that allowed the UFC to match any offer that came across his table, they opted to part ways because of the disrespectful comments he made leading up to his final Octagon fights.
Like many others, Jackson complained of disrespect, low pay and under appreciation.
The 36-year-old then signed with Bellator and TNA Impact Wrestling. Although his professional wrestling career was short-lived, Jackson went 3-0 for Bellator.
Jackson was last seen in May posting a unanimous decision victory over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. He owns a 35-11 professional record.
UFC 184 takes place April 25 inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is highly unlikely Jackson will be performing that evening.