It turns out that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s return to the UFC won’t be delayed after all.
Bellator, Jackson’s former employer, successfully obtained an injunction to prevent him from fighting in the UFC. Bellator cited an exclusive contract with Jackson that was signed in January of 2014, but Jackson claimed he legally terminated the contract after multiple breaches by Bellator.
The judge ruled in Jackson’s favor in his appeal.
Rampage will now return at UFC 186 for the originally scheduled fight against Fabio Maldonado. The fight was cancelled after the original ruling.
Jackson has a history with the UFC after winning the title at 205 pounds with a knockout of then-champion Chuck Lidell. He lost the title to Forrest Griffin in 2008, but remained a hot ticket despite his 4-4 record in his final eight fights before joining Bellator.
He was undefeated in three fights for Bellator.
Jackson, 36, takes on Maldonado, 35, who’s won three of his last four fights. Maldonado is 5-4 in nine career UFC fights. He stopped Hans Stringer in the second round at UFC 179 due to punches.