Quinton Jackson is now the focus in a promotional tug of war. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Bellator MMA is seeking to prevent Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from setting foot inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Bellator officials announced that the organization filed a lawsuit in New Jersey on Monday aimed at keeping Jackson out of his scheduled upcoming bout.
“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,” the company wrote in a 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.”
Jackson, 36, is currently slated to square off against Fabio Maldonado as part of UFC 186 in Montreal. The well-known light heavyweight rejoined the UFC in December, citing a terminated contract between himself and Bellator, for whom he competed three times between November 2013 and May 2014. According to Jackson’s management, various outside projects promised by Bellator parent company Viacom never came to fruition.
Monday’s legal move by Bellator was not unexpected: upon Jackson’s unceremonious exit in December, one Bellator official stated that the fighter was still “100-percent” under contract, while company president Scott Coker vowed that Bellator would seek to “protect [its] legal rights.”