UFC Releases Statement Regarding “Rampage” Jackson, Promotion is “Surprised” by Injunction
By FCF Staff
Earlier today it was revealed that Bellator has been granted an injunction, which will prevent “Rampage” Jackson from fighting at UFC 186, and now the ZUFFA promotion has released a statement.
Jackson was scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonado at the April 25th event, but Bellator has argued that the fighter remains under contract. The fighter, however, contends the promotion did not honor all the terms of his deal, and as a result, Jackson resigned with the UFC late last year.
Following today’s news regarding the injunction, the following statement has been posted at UFC.com:
UFC has been advised of the New Jersey state court’s ruling in the matter between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Bellator MMA. The UFC organization was surprised about the ruling because Mr. Jackson represented to UFC on multiple occasions that he was free to negotiate and contract with UFC. The UFC organization is also surprised that Bellator sat on its alleged rights for months before taking action.
UFC understands that Mr. Jackson is considering an emergency appeal, and UFC is also considering action to protect its rights and minimize damages regarding this matter. UFC 186 in Montreal, Canada will proceed as planned and UFC is currently evaluating its fight card options.
Jackson hasn’t fought now since May, 2014, when he decisioned “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 120.