Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made his return to the UFC in April, with a decision win at UFC 186, but due to his legal battle with competing promotion Bellator, he’s contemplating retirement.
The 37-year-old fought for Bellator from 2013 to 2014, but left the promotion, citing breach of contract, and quickly re-signed with the UFC, who booked him for the co-main event of UFC 186 against Fabio Maldonado.
However, the Viacom-owned Bellator hit Jackson with a lawsuit citing their own breach of contract, and won a preliminary injunction to have him removed from UFC 186. Surprisingly, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge overturned the ruling, allowing him to fight… and he won a unanimous decision — his fourth win in a row.
Still, Rampage is going through it in court with Bellator… and doesn’t want to deal with it anymore.He tells MMA Hour (via Yahoo Sports) that he may just retire, if the legal fight doesn’t go his way.
“This is the thing people need to realize: I am not a manager, I am a fighter,” Jackson explained to the MMA Hour. “And my manager is very good at what he does. Viacom breached their contract and they had 45 days to fix the breach. We gave them 90-something days [and] they didn’t fix the breach. So, in my contract, I was now allowed to terminate my contract if Viacom didn’t fix the breach. Because they promised movies, pro wrestling, reality shows… everybody saw what happened to Bjorn Rebney; he got canned. Scott Coker came in, the company was turned upside down and my contract got [expletive] on. That’s all out there. That’s common sense.
“So for some reason Viacom, they didn’t want to fix things. So my manager terminated it, and he took everything to the UFC. And the UFC said, ‘Yup, he’s legal to sign,’ and Viacom didn’t agree with the termination. So, I don’t know if my manager missed one step going to the courts or whatnot, but they tried to put a hold on my fight. I went to the courts and I got that overturned and I fought. And I did that just for the fans.
“Now I’m tied up and going to court and stuff like that, and I feel like they’re just trying to tie me up so I don’t fight. But at the end of the day, I’ve been thinking about this a long time: I’ve won four fights in a row, I’ve done a lot in this sport, I’ve been fighting for 15 years and I love this sport. So I’m thinking, Bellator cannot make me fight for them, so I might as well just go ahead and retire.”
If the court doesn’t rule in his favor, Rampage says he has no intentions of fighting for Bellator.
Only time will tell is Rampage Jackson’s career in MMA is over. Stay tuned…