The return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to the UFC has been put on hold and might not happen.
The former light heavyweight champ was expected to make his UFC return later this month at UFC 186 in Montreal against Fabio Maldonado but Bellator today won an injunction against the 36-year-old.
Rampage had won three straight under the Bellator banner before opting to leave the promotion to re-join with the UFC after he felt that they did not live up to their end of the deal. However, Bellator filed a suit against him alleging that he breached a contract signed in 2013 and that he was not legally allowed fight for the UFC.
Scott Coker of Bellator said in a press released that he was happy by the ruling and teased that Jackson could be staying with the promotion.
“We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having ‘Rampage’ fight for Bellator again soon,” said Coker.
Alan’s Angle: Another massive blow to the UFC 186 card and a big blow to the UFC in general. They are in dire need of ‘stars’ and ‘draws’ that it was a big deal having Rampage back in action for them.
This is a temporary injunction and the two sides will later meet in court to see who actually breached their contract (between Bellator and Rampage).