While the UFC and former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) took the business as usual approach after Bellator MMA filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of New Jersey last month to prevent Jackson from competing at UFC 186, as expected, Jackson will be pulled from the April 25 lineup after Bellator was awarded an injunction Tuesday by judge Karen L. Suter.
“We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having ‘Rampage’ fight for Bellator again soon,” Bellator president Scott Coker expressed in a brief statement.
The UFC announced in December they had re-signed Jackson 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 was set to co-headline UFC 186 against Fabio Maldonado.
The UFC has yet to address Jackson’s injunction.
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.
Here is the show’s current roster:
Valerie Letourneau vs. Jessica Rakoczy
Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud
Aisling Daly vs. Randa Markos
Bryan Barberena vs. Chad Laprise
Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman
Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs
Thomas Almeida vs. Yves Jabouin
John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell
Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC flyweight champion)