Quinton Jackson may get to compete at UFC 186 after all. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Quinton Jackson is back on the UFC 186 card after a judge in New Jersey’s appellate division overturned Bellator MMA’s injunction against the fighter.
The UFC confirmed the ruling on Tuesday through a release.
"We are happy with the decision from the New Jersey Court allowing Rampage to fight in Montreal this Saturday night,” UFC President Dana White said. “I am looking forward to seeing Rampage back in the Octagon."
Approximately two weeks ago, Karen Suter, a judge with the chancery division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, granted Bellator a preliminary injunction against “Rampage” to prevent him from fighting on Saturday’s card. Jackson’s team was able to successfully appeal the ruling, however.
“We are gratified that the Appellate Division did not disturb part of the Chancery Division order enjoining Jackson, but are disappointed that they reversed the injunction as to the April 25 fight,” Bellator MMA said in a statement. “We continue to believe that Judge Suter’s decision was thorough, well reasoned and correct, and are evaluating our options.”
Jackson will face Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event at UFC 186, which takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is headlined by a flyweight title showdown between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. Jackson and Maldonado will compete at a 215-pound catch-weight, according to the release.
Steve Bosse, who was originally tabbed to replace Jackson against Maldonado on the card, will no longer compete at UFC 186.
Jackson posted a 3-0 mark in Bellator MMA, with victories over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu and Muhammed Lawal. He later claimed that Bellator did not fulfill all the provisions of his contract, allowing him to terminate the deal and sign with the UFC. Jackson last appeared in the Octagon at UFC on Fox 6, dropping a unanimous decision to Glover Teixeira.