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Rampage Jackson Settles Lawsuit With Bellator…By Heading Back to Bellator


Together again at last. (FLAWLESS Photoshop work by yours truly.)

If you’re like us, you’ve not only forgotten that Quinton Jackson has been locked in a bitter contract dispute with Bellator for over a year, but that he in fact violated that contract in order to re-sign with the UFC and take a fight against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 last year — a fight which, again, you may have also forgotten ever happened.

Well, he has been, and the falling out has been vicious — like, “Rampage vs. the UFC” viciousĀ – with both parties claiming breach of contract against the other and preliminary injunctions being upheld and overturned seemingly at random. Today however, it looks like Rampage has squashed yet another of his many beefs, and will be heading back to one of his many former promotions as a result.

Yes, Page is heading back to Bellator, and the latter couldn’t be happier. As Bellator announced in a press release this morning:

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.

Call me crazy, but I think Rampage Jackson is a perfect fit for a promotion who has been steadily rebuilding its brand on relics of a bygone era. It’s not like we were going to see him challenging for another UFC title anytime soon, and at least he’ll be re-entering his former promotion on a three-fight win streak. If we’re lucky enough, maybe we’ll get to see him take on his former TUF pupil, Kimbo Slice, in a fight that will no doubt be described by both fighters as “black on black crime.”

According to MMAFighting, Jackson’s contract will consist of two fights, with the first to allegedly take place later this year. We say “allegedly” because unhappy Rampage is easily the most unpredictable Rampage…next to “sleep-deprived and high on energy drinks” Rampage, of course.

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