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Rampage Jackson shelved by UFC while Bellator injunction heads to court

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Quinton Jackson has already made a successful return to the Octagon, thanks to a UFC 186 pay-per-view (PPV) win over Fabio Maldonado, but that doesn't mean the tug-of-war between the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator Fighting Championships is over.

"Rampage" will head back to court on June 12, according to UFC Tonight (via FOX Sports) to fight an injunction filed by Bellator MMA. Until that situation has been resolved by the legal system, UFC isn't booking any new bouts for the former light heavyweight champion.

Jackson returned to UFC back in April and picked up a unanimous decision win over the Brazilian slugger, marking an extraordinary comeback after seemingly burning his bridges in 2013. That fight almost didn't happen without the help of an appellate court in New Jersey, which overruled a previous temporary injunction to stop him from competing in the UFC.

Even if the judge rules in favor of "Rampage" on June 12 and dissolves Bellator's injunction, he'd still be forced to deal with a breach of contract lawsuit.

According to, Jackson would opt for a trial by jury.

Bellator claims it still has a valid contract, which was negotiated with then-Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and included a 2013 Tesla Sport worth $129,603, an additional $100,000 signing bonus, and guaranteed fight purses beginning at $200,000 and maxing out at $300,000 for non-PPV fights.

For more on how all this (possibly) shakes out click here.

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