Bellator MMA has filed a lawsuit to prevent Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from fighting in an upcoming UFC pay-per-view event in April, reports ESPN.
In court docs, filed Monday (March 2) in New Jersey court, the MMA promotion claims the MMA legend is still under terms of an exclusive Bellator contract he signed in 2013.
“Today, Bellator was compelled to go to court to stop Jackson from fighting in an April 25 bout, promoted by Bellator’s competitor, UFC,” the company stated. “Jackson, who has completed only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with Bellator, is barred by contract from fighting for any other promoter.
“Our lawsuit for an injunction and related relief — filed in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court in Burlington County, New Jersey — will compel Jackson to honor his contractual agreement. We look forward to having one of our MMA stars fighting for Bellator again.”
Jackson (35-11) is currently scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonado in a 205-pound contest at Bell Centre, but if Bellator has its way, he won’t be stepping into the octagon.
The 36-year-old fought three times under the Bellator banner between November 2013 and May 2014, going 3-0. However, he split with Bellator in December and re-signed with the UFC.
According to Rampage, there was a clause in his Bellator contract that allowed him to terminate the deal if breaches were made.