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UFC 186: Rampage Jackson to fight Saturday after appellate court overturns injunction

By Ryan Frederick for

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is back on the UFC 186 card on Saturday and fighting Fabio Maldonado in a 215-pound catchweight bout.

Jackson (35-11) and Maldonado were originally scheduled to fight, but Bellator won an injuction, claiming Jackson was still under contract. Jackson filed an appeal and the injunction was overturned Tuesday by the Superior Court of New Jersey's Appellate Division. Thus, he is back on the show, bolstering a lineup that had been plagued by injuries.

Maldonado had been rebooked to fight Steve Bosse, a former NHL player, who was talked out of retirement to fight on the show. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi main events with Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway as the co-main event. Bosse is no longer on the card, but is expected to get his show money.

Jackson returns to the UFC for the first time since January 2013 and has competed in Bellator three times since then, winning all three of his fights.

From Bellator: "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." 

We haven't heard the last of this one.