Bellator Releases Statement Regarding “Rampage” Jackson, Lawsuit Filed in Advance of UFC 186 Bout
“Rampage” Jackson is scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 on April 25th, but Bellator has announced that the promotion has filed a lawsuit, which could prevent the light-heavyweight from making his Octagon return.
In December, the UFC announced that is had resigned Jackson, who had left the organization in 2013 and proceeded to compete for Bellator. Immediately after the announcement, Bellator President Scott Coker insisted the fighter was still under contract, but Jackson and his camp say the promotion did not honor all the terms of his deal.
Jackson was eventually booked to fight Maldonado at UFC 186, but on Monday, Bellator released the following statement:
Today, Bellator MMA was compelled to go to court to stop Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from fighting in an April 25th bout promoted by Bellator’s competitor, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Jackson, who has completed only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with Bellator, is barred by contract from fighting for any promoter other than Bellator. Our lawsuit for an injunction and related relief – filed in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court in Burlington County, New Jersey – will compel Jackson to honor his contractual agreement. We look forward to having one of our MMA stars fighting for Bellator again.
The UFC has yet to make a response. Jackson went
Ronda Rousey’s Mother Responds to Cris “Cyborg’s” Call Out on Twitter
Following their respective wins this weekend, Cris “Cyborg” called out Ronda Rousey on Twitter, but it was the latter’s mother who had a short, and yet stinging response.
“Cyborg” proceeded to defend her Invicta FC featherweight title on Friday by stopping Charmaine Tweet in 46 seconds, and Rousey retained the UFC’s bantamweight belt by tapping out Cat Zingano in 14 seconds.
Well, recently “Cyborg” tweeted the following challenge to Rousey, and the latter’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, responded.
Rousey and the UFC have repeatedly said that “Cyborg” will have to cut to 135 in order to make the all-star bout happen.
Burt Watson Confirms UFC Exit
One of the more recognizable faces in MMA is no longer working with the UFC, as the promotion’s charismatic, site coordinator has announced he’s left the company.
Over the weekend, there were reports that Watson had elected to leave the promotion, and recently he confirmed his departure:
Watson didn’t disclose why he’s decided to leave the UFC.
UFC 184: Ronda Rousey Rolls Through Cat Zingano in 14 Seconds
Many observers believed Cat Zingano would be Ronda Rousey’s toughest test to date, but the bantamweight champ needed just 14 seconds at UFC 184 to extend her storied reign.
Zingano came out charging at Rousey, and after throwing a knee, the two spilled to the ground. Rousey quickly rolled into the top position, and from there, worked her way into a straight armbar from above. Zingano was forced to tap out to the painful looking hold.
After the fight, Rousey mentioned Bethe Correia and Holly Holm as women she’d like to meet next. The latter defeated Raquel Pennington in the co-headliner via split decision.
Here are the results from UFC 184, which took place in Los Angeles, California.
Ronda Rousey def. Cat Zingano via submission (straight-armbar) R1, 0:14