Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson is no longer fighting Fabio Maldonado in the UFC 186 co-main event on Sat., April 25, 2015, live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
You can thank Bellator MMA for that.
A court ruled in favor of the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion on Tuesday, granting an injunction against "Rampage" until the messy legal battle over his combat sports contract is settled. Both sides are claiming breach after a disgruntled Jackson jumped ship earlier this year and re-signed with UFC.
Maybe that was the plan all along?
"We are pleased by the judge's ruling and look forward to having Rampage fighting for Bellator again soon," according to the promotion's press release, perhaps overly-optimistic that it will be able to get its three remaining fights from Jackson when all is said and done.
Contracts can be a tricky business (just ask this guy).
UFC has yet to comment on the court's ruling, first reported by Ariel Helwani, but don't be surprised to see an opponent already prepped and ready to step in against the "Iron Hillbilly" in Montreal, because the show must go on and all that jazz.
For more on Jackson's legal woes click here.