Report: Bellator Receives Injunction, “Rampage” Jackson Ruled Ineligible For UFC 186
By FCF Staff
UFC 186 has lost its co-main event, as according to reports, the Burlington County Superior Court of New Jersey has granted Bellator an injuction, which will prevent “Rampage” Jackson from competing at the April 25th card.
Jackson was booked to fight Fabio Maldonado at the event, which would have marked the former light-heavyweight champ’s return to the organization. The UFC signed Jackson to a new deal late last year, after the fighter and his camp argued that Bellator hadn’t honored all of the terms in his contract. Bellator, however, denied that’s the case, and launched legal proceedings to prevent Jackson from returning to the UFC.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, the court has awarded Bellator a temporary injunction, so the broader issue of whether the contract has been breached has yet to be determined.
Bellator has also released the following statement: “We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having ‘Rampage’ fight for Bellator again soon,”
The 36 year-old Jackson hasn’t fought now since May, 2014, when he decisioned “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 120.
UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal and will feature flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson taking on Kyoji Horiguchi.