Everyone Loses in the Fight Over ‘Rampage’ Jackson

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The legal wrangle surround MMA fighter Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson only deepens.

Jackson (35-11 MMA, 7-5 UFC) was scheduled to meet Fabio Maldonado in the UFC 186 co-main event later this month in Montreal. But a petition for injunction filed by rival fight promoters Bellator MMA has stopped his involvement.

Jackson has made it abundantly clear he no longer wants anything to do with Bellator MMA. However, the franchise believes they still have contractual rights over the fighter.

That a U.S. court would uphold the petition for injunction shows that Bellator MMA may have a legal claim to Jackson. The strength of this claim will be tested in court.

Regardless of the result, Bellator MMA has just given the UFC a black eye. With a headline fighter taken out of the card the UFC is scrambling to find an opponent for Maldonado.

Jackson is doing what he can to maintain his fight-fitness (in case of any eleventh-hour reprieve), but he could be facing a lengthy stint on the sideline as the case shuffles its way through the courts.

The squabble over Jackson’s contractual rights means everyone loses. Bellator has one of their biggest drawcards unavailable, the UFC has a gaping hole in their UFC186 event, and Jackson loses the opportunity of earning big money in prize-winnings.

But the real losers are fight fans – regardless of which franchise they support.

On Instgram Jackson wrote: “I still have a lot of fight left in me.”

Let’s hope he has that fight in the courtroom as well as the Octagon.

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