Quinton Jackson Returns to Bellator MMA Following ‘Amicable Agreement’

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 16, 2016

Bellator MMA’s light heavyweight division just got a little bit more interesting.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be returning to the Bellator “following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties,” according to a statement released by the California-based promotion on Tuesday. A timetable for Jackson’s return to action was not given.

Jackson initially signed with Bellator in 2013 and won three straight fights under the promotion’s banner before announcing that he had terminated his contract in December 2014. Bellator then filed a preliminary injunction to prevent “Rampage” from fighting in the UFC, but that ruling was eventually overturned, allowing the ex-light heavyweight king to compete at UFC 186 in April 2015.

While Jackson said that terms of his original Bellator deal were not fulfilled, he reportedly received a number of lucrative provisions, including a 2013 Tesla Sport worth $129,00, a $100,000 signing bonus and guaranteed fight purses beginning at $200,000. He also received a $200,000 bonus from Bellator’s first-ever pay-per-view offering even though it did not exceed 190,000 buys as his contract stipulated. Exact terms of Jackson’s new Bellator deal were not disclosed.

Jackson has not competed since taking a unanimous decision over Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186. He owns wins over Muhammed Lawal, Christian M’Pumbu and Joey Beltran in Bellator. The 37-year-old is 36-11 as a professional overall.


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