Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson caused headlines when he signed a contract with Zuffa while still being under contract to Bellator MMA and Viacom.
Now, after a drawn-out legal process, Jackson (36-11) will return to Bellator, the promotion announced on Tuesday.
“Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to Bellator,” a statement from the promotion read. “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.”
Jackson made his Bellator debut back in 2013 with a first round finish of Joey Beltran. He went on to claim a tournament title, but left after his 2014 win vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and appeared on a broadcast for the UFC.
The fighter cited a breach in contract with Bellator and agreed to a new deal with the UFC, where he had last fought in 2013 and lost his last three. However, Bellator filed an injunction that originally kept him from competing at UFC 186 vs. Fabio Maldonado.
After that was reversed, Jackson went on to defeat Maldonado. He has not competed since, as the sides have been working to find an arrangement that pleased everyone involved.