'Rampage' Jackson returns to Bellator
<p>After a year-long lawsuit, ‘Rampage’ has a<a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/2/16/11021128/rampage-jackson-agrees-to-settlement-new-contract-with-bellator">greed to a two-fight contract with Bellator.</a></p>
<p>In 2014, ‘Rampage’ beat Muhammed Lawal via unanimous decision at Bellator 120—Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view event. After the fight, it was announced that ‘Rampage’ signed a new deal with the UFC while still under contract with Bellator. After Bellator executives took legal action, Jackson claimed that they did not honor his contract with them, which is why he chose to sign with the UFC.</p>
<p>Complications continued leading up to Jackson’s UFC return against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186. Two weeks ahead of the fight, Bellator was granted a preliminary injunction which forced Jackson out of the bout. Fortunately for the UFC, just days ahead of the fight, the injunction was overturned and ‘Rampage’ was allowed to fight. He ended up winning via unanimous decision.</p>
<p>Jackson has remained sidelined since his last bout in April due to the ongoing legal battles. With the contract dispute finally resolved, Bellator announced on Tuesday that Jackson had agreed to a two-fight deal:</p>
<p>“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, (and) Linton Vassell, among others,” Bellator said in a press release.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.