A few months ago Rampage Jackson announced his return to the UFC. What wasn’t disclosed was how the former light heavyweight champion got out of his 6-fight deal with Bellator MMA.
It seems as though some clever work by his lawyers set him up to leave the promotion but Bellator isn’t taking this lightly. They’ve decided to sue Rampage for breach of contract and are attempting to block him from fighting on April’s UFC 186 fight card.
Newsday ran a report detailing all of the bonuses and gifts Rampage received for his 6-fight deal with Bellator.
- A $100,000 signing bonus
- A minimum of $200,000 and maximum of $300,000 for non-PPV fights
- A minimum of $200,000 and maximum of $450,000 for PPV fights
- A $50,000 bonus if he didn’t receive a certain amount from sponsorship
- 30 percent of Bellator’s net gate receipts over $400,000 at events in which he fought
- $35,000 per episode for his participation in the Spike TV reality series, “Rampage 4 Real”
- A screenwriter for a feature film project and access to Paramount Pictures to develop film projects
- A red carpet appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
- $200,000 bonus for Bellator 120
- $4 for every Bellator 120 pay-per-view buy over 190,000
- A 2013 Tesla Sport worth $129,603
Bellator obviously went all out to get Rampage but what still isn’t clear is whether they left loopholes for Quinton to wiggle out of. The hearing is scheduled for early April with a decision expected before UFC 186.