Well, the saga surrounding Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has continued, or ended if you will.
After leaving the UFC in 2013, the former light heavyweight champion signed with rival promotion Bellator MMA and went on to win three consecutive bouts over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu, and Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal.
However, Jackson soon grew unhappy with the company, claiming that Bellator had breached his contract when they didn’t give him what he was promised.
He would then re-sign with the UFC and was scheduled to meet fellow slugger Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 in April 2015.
Bellator apparently felt as if the situation was not handled correctly, and proceeded to go to court where the promotion won a preliminary injunction against Jackson, causing the UFC to pull him from the card just two weeks prior.
Fortunately for “Rampage”, a Supreme Court Judge in New Jersey would overturn the injunction just days before the event, allowing Jackson to compete in a fight that he would score a unanimous decision victory in.
The former champion has been on the sidelines ever since, however, dealing with the ongoing lawsuit with Bellator.
Apparently the lawsuit has now come to an end, and in a somewhat surprising turn of events, “Rampage” Jackson will be returning to the Bellator cage in 2016 per an official press release from the promotion (courtesy of MMAMania):
“Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator. 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.”
Did you see this move coming, or did you think we had seen the last of Jackson?