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Rampage Jackson returning to Bellator MMA following 'amicable agreement' to settle litigation

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Don't call it a comeback, he's been here under contract for years.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson is returning to Bellator MMA, despite a brief pit stop inside the Octagon at UFC 186, after settling his differences with the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.

From the promotion's official 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.

So much for his planned retirement.

After dropping three straight fights under the ZUFFA banner, Jackson (36-11) set sail for Spike TV in 2013, trashing UFC along the way. Despite a successful run for Bellator MMA -- to the tune of three straight wins -- "Rampage" once again found himself unhappy and started looking for an exit.

He found one, but it didn't last.

No word yet on a possible date for Jackson's next fight, or a potential opponent, but there are plenty of rematches available (like this one and this one), as well as some unfinished business with this guy. And let's not forget about Bellator's relationship with Rizin.

That said, who would you like to see "Rampage" fight next?

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