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Deciphering the Rampage Jackson Contract Mess

Deciphering the Rampage Jackson Contract Mess

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson wanted to fight at UFC 186, but to do so he had to be free and clear of his contract with Bellator. He thought he was, stating that they had breached their agreement for various reason, and signed with the UFC thinking all was well and good. It wasn’t. What the hell is going on here? How can anyone be confused over things like contracts, which should – in theory – spell things out clearly? Well, I don’t have access to any of the documents, but it’s possible to come to some conclusions based on what the various parties have said. Let’s analyze it all, shall we?

First, it’s important to understand that what the court in New Jersey did yesterday was issue an injunction preventing Rampage from fighting at UFC 186. They didn’t rule one way or another on the contract, but instead put a stop on what Bellator successfully argued would be a substantial harm to them, i.e., the former UFC champ fighting for the UFC while under contract with Bellator. The big issue of whether anyone has violated the terms of the contract and been in breach has yet to be determined.

In typical Rampage fashion, homeboy posted this to Instagram in response:

Smart move Bellator! Go to a small town where your company knows the judge,to get a judgement to pissoff your customers

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