Rampage Jackson and Fabio Maldonado back on for UFC 186

credit: JP Marretta - Fight Corner

credit: JP Marretta – Fight Corner

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is back. The polarizing light heavyweight will compete at UFC 186 on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He and his original opponent, Fabio Maldonado will square off in the co-main event at a catchweight of 215-pounds.

On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC made the news official that the New Jersey court had lifted the injunction which was going to prevent Rampage from fighting at the event.

“We are happy with the decision from the New Jersey Court allowing Rampage to fight in Montreal this Saturday night,” UFC President Dana White said on UFC.com. “I am looking forward to seeing Rampage back in the Octagon.”

Jackson started an uproar on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon when the light heavyweight fighter claimed he would return to the Octagon at UFC 186 after all.

Rampage re-signed with the UFC back in December and was expected to face Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186. According to Bellator, where the Memphis native had fought three of his last bouts, Jackson wasn’t a free agent and had breached his contract by signing with the UFC. Earlier this month, an injunction to prevent Jackson from fighting at the Apr. 25 event was granted to Bellator.

Once Jackson tweeted that he would indeed scrap at UFC 186, Bellator released a statement to media on the matter:

“We are gratified that the Appellate Division did not disturb part of the Chancery Division order enjoining Jackson, but are disappointed that they reversed the injunction as to the April 25 fight. We continue to believe that Judge Suter’s decision was thorough, well reasoned and correct, and are evaluating our options.”

There was no news about Steve Bosse who had stepped in for Jackson on short notice. Obviously, he is off of the card with Jackson returning. However, it remains to be seen if the UFC will offer him another fight in the near future.

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