After months of legal battles between former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Quinton”Rampage” Jackson and the organization Bellator MMA, Jackson will be leaving the UFC to go back to Bellator MMA. Jackson, who had left Bellator MMA in 2014 for another run in the UFC, but was unable to due to a contract dispute.
After winning his last fight with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the finals of the season 10 light heavyweight tournament, Jackon went on to sign a contract with the UFC in December, but a legal battle with the fighter, the UFC and Bellator would complicate matters later. Jackson had claimed that Bellator was in breach of contract and that allowed him to sign the deal to return back to fighting in the UFC.
In an official statement, Bellator addressed the matter.
“Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator,” the statement read.
“Bellator MMA is thrilled to have “Rampage,” one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, King Mo, Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell among others.”
Jackson last fought and defeated Brazilian fighter Fabio Maldonado for his 36th career win at UFC 186 in April 2015. Bellator had gone to the courts to create an injunction that would bar Jackson from fighting inside the UFC, but the claim was overturned. But it may have been Jackon’s last fight in the UFC in the near or distant future, due to the fact that Rampage will be turning 38 in June.