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Posted on April 8, 2015 by Jack Thurman
The UFC and their majordomo Dana White has a long history of acting like they’re ‘above the law’ as it relates to athletic commission regulation, drug testing and so forth. Now they’re finding out that they’re not. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson may be forced off the already dismal UFC 186 fight card due to an injunction awarded his former(?) employer, Bellator MMA. The UFC has said they’d fight the injunction in hopes of keeping the past his prime Jackson on the fight card.
‘Rampage’ had been scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event (seriously) of the UFC 186 event at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bellator filed suit on March 2, citing breach of contract by Jackson. Jackson fought three times for Bellator but there’s only one problem–he has a six fight contract. With the UFC desperate for any warm body willing to fight they sought out Jackson for a return. Jackson unilaterally claimed ‘breach of contract’ by Bellator and promptly resigned with the UFC.
Bellator issued a statement saying: “We are pleased by the judge’s ruling and look forward to having ‘Rampage’ fight for Bellator again soon.”
Rampage–who has a history of opening his mouth first and thinking later–took to Twitter to accuse Bellator of shenanigans:
“Smart move Bellator! Go to a small town where your company knows the judge, to get a judgement to pissoff your costumers #aintworriedboutnothing.”
Jackson obviously ‘ain’t worried’ about geography or demographics–the Bellator lawsuit was filed in Burlington County, New Jersey which is the largest county in the Garden State and the suburb of a ‘small town’ called ‘Philadelphia’.
In response, the UFC sounded like a frat member getting a brother to pretend to be a lawyer to get him out of an exam. In a statement the UFC promised to ‘protect its rights’ threatening ‘action’ against an unnamed party. It was unclear exactly what ‘action’ they’re going to take. The fact that they even care about the status of Jackson for the card underscores just how thin their talent pool is and how few options–outside of megastar Ronda Rousey–they have for putting butts in the seat. When Michael Bisping is expected to ‘save the show’ there are serious problems.