The Ultimate Fighting Championship was surprised that New Jersey Superior Court Judge Karen L. Suter granted Bellator MMA a temporary injunction on Tuesday, preventing Quinton Jackson from fighting in the UFC 186 co-main event against Fabio Maldonado on April 25.
“UFC has been advised of the New Jersey state court’s ruling in the matter between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Bellator MMA. The UFC organization was surprised about the ruling because Mr. Jackson represented to UFC on multiple occasions that he was free to negotiate and contract with UFC. The UFC organization is also surprised that Bellator sat on its alleged rights for months before taking action,” read a statement released by UFC following the ruling.
Jackson inked a deal with UFC in December after he alleged that Bellator MMA didn’t honor all the terms of his contract with them. Bellator claimed that Jackson was still under contract and sought legal action to protect their rights.
Following Tuesday’s ruling, Jackson is considering an emergency appeal while UFC is considering legal action.
“UFC understands that Mr. Jackson is considering an emergency appeal, and UFC is also considering action to protect its rights and minimize damages regarding this matter. UFC 186 in Montreal, Canada will proceed as planned and UFC is currently evaluating its fight card options,” the release further stated.