Since Jackson signed a new deal with the UFC, Bellator has argued that its contract with the fighter was still in place, and that it would take steps to enforce its deal. Now that it looks as though Jackson won’t fight Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 after all, the promotion has released the following:
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.
So, there you have it. Barring some unforeseen change in circumstances, it looks like Jackson’s time on the sidelines will continue. The 36 year-old hasn’t fought now since last May when he decisioned “King Mo” Lawal.