Rampage Jackson Cleared to Fight at UFC 186

Rampage Jackson. Image: www.flickr.com

UFC fans heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday, when a court injunction preventing Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson from competing in the co-man event at UFC 186 was lifted by the courts.

A dispute had broken out between Bellator MMA and the UFC over who currently has the contractual rights over Jackson.

“We are happy with the decision from the New Jersey Court allowing Rampage to fight in Montreal this Saturday night,” said UFC President Dana White. “I am looking forward to seeing Rampage back in the Octagon.”

Jackson, 36, is set to face Brazilian killer Fabio Maldonado at the catch weight of 215 pounds. Sharing the main event with them will be UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson fighting Kyoji Horiguchi.

Last December Jackson (7-5 UFC) announced he was re-signing with the UFC after almost a two-year absence.

The news was greeted with rapturous enthusiasm by the MMA fans everywhere, who believe Jackson belongs amongst the best fighters.

Jackson’s pedigree is unquestioned. He began his climb to the top of Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, where he earned a reputation for ferocity and knockout power.

In 2007 Jackson exploded onto the UFC with a second round knockout of Marvin Eastman. Then in May of the same year he shocked the world with a first round finish of UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

Rampage then went on to defend his championship crown against Dan Henderson at UFC 75. This made him the first fighter in history to unify the UFC and PRIDE titles.

At UFC 86 in July of 2008, Jackson lost the title to his rival Ultimate Fighter coach Forrest Griffin. The fight was a stunning spectacle of tenacity, skill, and endurance; with both men at the height of their martial arts powers. The fight became a battle, the battle became a war. In the end only one man could win, but for their efforts they were awarded the prestigious Fight of the Year honours.

Since then Jackson has fought the crème-de-la-crème of the UFC world: Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine.

His return to the UFC is a blessing for fight fans everywhere.

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