It looks like Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s highly publicized return to the Octagon may have to be put on hold for the time being.

On Monday morning Bellator MMA, announced they had filed a lawsuit in an attempt to prevent their former fighter from competing on the upcoming UFC 186 card, where he is scheduled to face Fabio Maldoano, in April. This comes just a few weeks after Jackson officially announced he had re-signed with the UFC after spending two years with Bellator. However according Jackson’s former employees, he is still under the contract he signed back in 2013.

“Today, Bellator MMA was compelled to go to court to stop Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from fighting in an bout promoted by Bellator’s competitor, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  Jackson, who has completed only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with Bellator, is barred by contract from fighting for any promoter other than Bellator. Our lawsuit for an injunction and related relief – filed in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court in Burlington County, New Jersey – will compel Jackson to honor his contractual agreement.   We look forward to having one of our MMA stars fighting for Bellator again.”

Jackson (35-11), a former UFC light heavyweight champion, has not competed inside the Octagon since he parted ways with the UFC back in 2012 following three straight losses to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. Rampage would eventually sign with rival promotion Bellator MMA where he would pick ups with over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu and ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal.

The 36-year-old would then exercise a clause in his Bellator contract that allowed him to terminate the deal in case of a breach of contract. Jackson said he provided contracted 45-days to resolve the issues but the two sides could not come to an agreement, thus allowing him to break from his contract and sign with the UFC.

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