Bellator have been granted an injunction against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson which will force him out of competing at UFC 186 on April 23rd where he was expected to face Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event of the evening.
‘Rampage’ left Bellator at the tail end of last year after a 3-0 run in the promotion, citing several breaches of his contract including their failure to inform him of the pay-per-view buy rate for his headlining fight against Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal at Bellator 120 in May of last year.
However, his former employer say he still has fights left on his contract with them and so they sought an injunction to stop him from competing for the UFC prior to pending litigation regarding this matter.
As such, today’s news comes as no real surprise, but nonetheless it does leave the UFC in a tricky spot. The UFC 186 fight card has already taken a beating with the original headlining bantamweight title rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao being scrapped due to injury, while another main card offering which would have seen Rory MacDonald take on Hector Lombard was also wiped from the slate after Lombard tested positive for steroids.
As such the card is now headlined by a flyweight title encounter between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, while it’s almost certain that a middleweight fight featuring Michael Bisping and CB Dollaway will be moved up to the co-main event spot.