Bellator Wins Injunction, Jackson Pulled From Card

Published on April 7th, 2015 11:32 pm EST

The UFC received terrible news on Tuesday after it was announced that Bellator had won an injunction to prevent Quinton "Rampage" Jackson from fighting at UFC 186 on April 25th, 2015.

Bellator has long contended that they still have a valid contract with "Rampage", while Jackson contends that he was a free agent after Bellator violated one (or more) terms of their deal. Bellator sought an injunction to prevent Jackson from fighting at UFC 186 (he was scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event) and were granted said injunction by a New Jersey judge earlier today.

After the injunction was granted, the UFC had no choice but to pull Jackson from the card. This leaves the UFC with a tremendously weak main card that looks something like this:

Demetrious Johnson vs Kyoji Horiguchi
Michael Bisping vs CB Dollaway
John Makdessi vs Shane Campbell
Yves Jabouin vs Thomas Almeida

Keep in mind that the following fights were all scheduled for the card at one time:

TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Barao
Rory MacDonald vs Hector Lombard
Quinton Jackson vs Fabio Maldonado

Despite all of these setbacks, the UFC announced that the card will continue as planned and that they are currently evaluating "its fight card options". Benson Henderson took to Twitter to announce that he would fight someone at 170 pounds to "save the card", but nothing has been formally announced as of yet.

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Will Quinton Jackson be forced to return to Bellator or will the two sides work out some sort of a mutual parting of the ways? Or will Jackson, who has 46 MMA fights to his name, simply walk away and retire?


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