Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been making the headlines in MMA news recently, after re-signing a deal with UFC following a three year absence from the biggest fighting promotion in the world. Rampage cut a deal with Bellator MMA in 2013, extending his professional record to 35-11 after three consecutive wins over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu and King Mo.
The shocking announcement was made at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night event that the former Light Heavyweight Champion was coming “home”, despite Bellator claiming ownership over his current contract.
Rampage released an official statement to MMAFighting.com:
“I haven’t been happy with my contract at Bellator for awhile, since after the pay-per-view with King Mo. Bjorn Rebney, I don’t know what happened. He left Bellator, got fired — I don’t know. The contract just wasn’t right. My manager and I, we were trying to fix it. Bellator, they didn’t want to fix it in 45 days. I terminated the contract.”
Ariel Helwani stated on Twitter over the weekend that the issue stems from Bellator not providing pay-per-view numbers, despite their contractual obligation to do so in a timely manner.
After three straight losses in as many years, including a failed attempt to recapture the Light Heavyweight title, Jackson left the UFC and signed a new contract with Bellator MMA. A contract that, according to Bellator President Scott Coker, belongs exclusively to their company, and they plan to “protect” their “contractual rights”.
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