Immediately after the UFC announced that it’s signed “Rampage” Jackson to a new deal, Bellator’s Scott Coker relayed a legal battle could be coming, but the light-heavyweight star doesn’t think it will happen.
Since the deal was announced, Jackson has claimed that Bellator, and its parent company Viacom, didn’t fulfill all of the terms in the fighter’s contract. “Rampage’s” camp say that they informed Bellator of this fact, but that the promotion didn’t do anything to resolve the issues, and therefore, they claim, the contract was terminated.
Well, while talking to the media more recently at UFC 182 this weekend, Jackson expanded on why he doesn’t believe Bellator will start a legal war (quote via FOX Sports.com):
“I don’t think Bellator going to put up a big fuss because if they try to sue me I could counter-sue them for, probably, $10-20 million,” Jackson said.
“So, if they was smart, they would just let me walk away and be happy … I wish I could show you guys the contract. I just think Scott Coker, he felt bad because he got caught lying.”
It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. The UFC clearly believes that Bellator doesn’t have a case, but the promotion has yet to announce who and when Jackson will fight.
The 36 year-old hasn’t fought since last May, when he scored a controversial, decision win over “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 120.
Jackson currently holds a record of 35-11.