Quinton “Rampage” Jackson came back to the UFC with Saturday night’s pay-per-view in Montreal, but getting to that point wasn’t exactly easy.
After declaring himself a free agent and clear of his Bellator contract, Rampage re-signed with the UFC and was announced to be part of the UFC 186 card. Then a judge put an injunction on the whole thing to allow for Jackson and Bellator to work things out.
Luckily for Rampage, the injunction was lifted this week and he was able to fight and beat Fabio Maldonado. By all appearances, Rampage is back in a place he feels more comfortable and there’s no comparing his current home to the one he left behind in Bellator.
“I’m not worried about what they do …” Jackson said during the UFC 186 post-fight press conference. “I want to give Dana and Lorenzo big thanks. They had my back, they helped me out. I’m saying it right now. I was over there — Bellator can’t f—k with the UFC.”
Jackson said this is one of the most stressful times he’s had in his career, and it’s an experience like no other before or one he wants to relive. He indicated that being a fighter gives him the drive to want to win at everything, including his legal battles.
Now that he found his first win in the Octagon in almost four years, things are starting to look up for the one-time UFC light heavyweight champion.
“This is like the most stressful time in my whole career,” he said. “I’ve been fighting for 15 years and I never had to deal with what I had to deal with just to get here. I hope I never have to deal with that again. But like I said before, I’m a fighter. I fight everything, every little thing. I don’t even know why I fight half the stuff I fight. Ask my kids, I fight them all the time. I fight everything. I want to win. I felt like I won just by making it here to Canada.”
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