Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator MMA.
The promotion released a statement on Tuesday, indicating that the two sides have come to an “amicable agreement” regarding their legal lawsuit.
Back in 2014, Jackson left Bellator and signed a new deal with the UFC. However, it was quickly reported that he was still under contract to Bellator. The two sides became embroiled in a legal battle that resulted in Jackson being forced off a card in April of 2015.
Bellator took the case to the New Jersey Superior Court and were granted an injunction just days before the planned UFC 186 card where Jackson would face Fabio Maldonado. On April 21 – four days before the event – the decision was overturned by the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division, allowing him to fight.
Jackson picked up the decision win, but has not competed since. After a third straight loss in 2013 with the UFC, he signed with Bellator and debuted late that year by knocking out Joey Beltran.
In 2014, Jackson (36-11) bested Christian M’Pumbu and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to claim the Season 10 light heavyweight tournament title. He expressed his desire to leave, though, after Bellator fired Bjorn Rebney and brought in Scott Coker to direct the promotion.
Along with his UFC title and Bellator tournament crown, Jackson also was a runner-up in the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix and earned Sherdog’s 2007 “Fighter of the Year” honor after going 3-0 with victories over Marvin Eastman, Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson.
Below is the complete statement:
Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator.
Bellator MMA is thrilled to have “Rampage,” one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, King Mo, Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell among others.