Jackson vs Maldonado Fight Very Much Up In The Air

Published on April 3rd, 2015 6:48 am EST

At 10 am EST on April 7th, a New Jersey judge will decide if Quinton "Rampage" Jackson can step into the Octagon against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 on April 25th. Jackson is currently training and preparing for the fight, though there is a very real chance that the fight could be scrapped.

Quinton Jackson is currently embroiled in a legal squabble with his former employer, Bellator. Jackson severed his ties with the promotion in late 2014, claiming that they had violated the terms of their contract. Bellator disagreed and said that they still had a valid contract with Jackson.

The UFC, in signing Jackson to a deal, obviously felt strong enough about his legal case to bring him back to the promotion. A New Jersey judge, however, could grant Bellator MMA a preliminary injunction on April 7th, which would mean that Jackson would not be able to fight against Maldonado at UFC 186 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Quinton Jackson and his team are claiming that Bellator did not provide him with PPV numbers in a timely matter, which ultimately resulted in the breaching of their deal.


Quinton Jackson was signed to Bellator with a great deal of fanfare. The relationship between the promotion and the fighter, however, soon soured as Jackson alleged that the promotion did not live up to the terms of the deal. Jackson left the UFC in 2013 and there seemed to be a great deal of bad blood between the two sides, but any lingering issues between the promotion and Jackson were worked out.

Jackson is currently in the midst of a three fight winning streak which includes wins over Muhammed Lawal, Christian M'Pumbu and Joey Beltran. Jackson will be returning to the meat grinder that is the UFC's Light Heavyweight division and will be greeted by Fabio Maldonado, the wild striker who has been involved in a number of memorable brawls. Jackson often complained about being matched up against wrestlers in the UFC, though a fight against Maldonado would almost certainly be a pure slugfest.

Let's hope that this fight moves forward.

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