Report: ‘Rampage’ Received $200K Bonus from Bellator for Pay-Per-View Bout

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 5, 2015
More details about Quinton Jackson’s contract with Bellator MMA have emerged. | Dave Mandel/

Quinton Jackson apparently had a pretty sweet deal with Bellator MMA.

Newsday recently obtained a copy of the complaint filed by the promotion, which is seeking an injunction to prevent Jackson from fighting on April 25 at UFC 186 against Fabio Maldonado. A hearing will take place on April 2 Burlington County, N.J.

According to a statement released by Bellator on Monday, “Rampage” fulfilled only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with the promotion. In December, the light heavyweight said that he terminated the deal when Bellator didn’t fulfill all of the contract’s stipulations.

One of the issues between the two sides stems from Bellator’s pay-per-view event held on May 17, 2014. According to the complaint, Jackson was to receive $4 for every pay-per-view buy exceeding 190,000. The event reportedly did more than 100,000 buys, but Jackson was still paid a $200,000 bonus even though Bellator 120 did not clear the 190,000 mark.

Bellator’s suit also claims that Spike TV President Kevin Kay informed Jackson’s team of the pay-per-view numbers after the card, but Jackson’s manager emailed Bellator on Oct. 15, 2014 to claim a breach of contract because pay-per-view report was not provided.

According to the complaint, Jackson’s Bellator deal included a number of bonuses, as revealed by Newsday:

The deal, which was negotiated with then-Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, included a 2013 Tesla Sport worth $129,603, an additional $100,000 signing bonus and guaranteed fight purses beginning at $200,000 and maxing out at $300,000 for non-PPV fights, according to the complaint. Jackson also was to receive between $200,000 and $450,000 for a pay-per-view fight. Bellator also agreed to pay Jackson $50,000 "in the event that he did not receive a certain revenue amount from sponsorships," the complaint said.

That wasn’t all, however. Jackson’s contract included a number of other interesting stipulations:

-30 percent of net gate receipts received by Bellator above $400,000 at any event he fought
- $35,000 per episode to air a four-episode "Rampage 4 Real" reality program on Spike TV.
- a screenwriter who worked directly with Jackson to develop a potential feature film project.
- "direct access to and communications with" Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures to develop film opportunities
- An appearance on the red carpet at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

In addition, Bellator paid more than $250,000 dollars to air a commercial promoting his fight with Muhammed Lawal on ESPN during the NBA playoffs, and the promotion dropped another $200,000 to get the rights to a Rolling Stones song to use for a Jackson advertisement.

Jackson recently took to social media to address Bellator’s complaint.

“I think Bellator is trying to scare the other fighters that are not happy with the changes [Coker] made when he took over and [that are] trying to get out of their contracts. Good luck to all the other fighters [that aren’t] happy,” he wrote on Instagram.


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