Inside the UFC's lawsuit against Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

by Michael Rome | source:

Seemingly slipping past everyone’s notice, on November 3, 2009, the UFC filed a lawsuit against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson seeking declaratory relief on Jackson’s contract in a Las Vegas courtroom.  The complaint details the dispute with Jackson over his decision to pull out of UFC 107, as well as the communications between Jackson’s management and the UFC.

According to the complaint, on September 22, 2009, Jackson posted a blog on his website stating he was done fighting.  The UFC took this to be an official statement of retirement, and exercised their right under the promotional agreement to suspend the contract pending Jackson’s return to the UFC.  After sending Jackson a letter notifying him of the suspension, Jackson’s manager, Anthony McGann, responded with a letter stating that Jackson was ready to renegotiate his contract.  The letter also threatens to proceed "in the courts" if Zuffa is unwilling to renegotiate.

The complaint asserts that Jackson is intentionally trying to extort the UFC into renegotiating his deal under threat of running out his promotional agreement.  The UFC brought this action to get a declaratory judgment stating that Jackson’s refusal to fight and statements that he was "done fighting" constitute a retirement that allows them to exercise their rights under the promotional agreement, including the right to suspend the agreement and thus toll the term of the contract. 

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john joe site profile image  

2/20/10 5:33 AM by john joe

^ i was gonna say, I have got a video lying around here somewhere of rampage a couple of weeks back saying he would be fighting Rashad and completing his contract; think he's worked things out since making that blog post

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2/20/10 4:59 AM by Poopyface TomatoNose

UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta said former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson signed a contract at about 10 p.m. Australian time on Friday to fight Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 114 in Las Vegas. Fertitta said both fighters have now signed their contracts. The UFC was in a dispute with Jackson and filed a lawsuit in Nevada District Court against him shortly after Jackson announced his retirement last fall. Fertitta said the suit was filed to clarify Zuffa’s position regarding Jackson’s contract and so-called retirement. Jackson announced his retirement when he got angry that White wanted him to fight Evans at UFC 107 in Memphis and wouldn’t grant him permission to star as B.A. Baracus in “A-Team: The Movie.” Jackson went ahead and did the movie, which White said “is a real movie. Watch the trailer of this thing and you’ll see, that’s a real, big-time movie. Some of these guys come to me and tell me they’re filming a movie and you see the thing and it’s like it was filmed on a little home camcorder. Rampage’s movie is not like that. It’s definitely the real thing.” Fertitta said it’s likely the lawsuit will be withdrawn.;_ylt=AnccVQaBTWDaC6Ag6rNvqSs9Eo14

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2/20/10 3:53 AM by AnthonyBrancato

Interestingly, I was watching the news earlier tonight, and only half paying attention since I was also both eating and online - and the name "Rashad" crawled across the bottom of the screen. Right away, I'm like "don't tell me the Rampage fight has been called off."Actually, the "Rashad" in question turned out to be some dude by the name of Rashad Hussain, who President Obama has just appointed to some commission on Islamic relations or something.

StretchPlum site profile image  

2/20/10 2:39 AM by StretchPlum

He's not an intelligent guy, what can you do? But he should just have a little more respect for keeping his ass out of jail.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

2/19/10 9:18 PM by RyannVonDoom

  LOL Again.. Zuffa trying to have their cake and to eat it too.

Jumpman site profile image  

2/19/10 9:07 PM by Jumpman

It's both time and # fights, and this is nearly the same fight Randy had with them and he lost, so I don't expect this to go well for Q.

FingerorMoon site profile image  

2/19/10 8:54 PM by FingerorMoon

I thought all Zuffa contracts were about number of fights not 'time period' ?Can someone clarify ?How does anyone have trouble getting out of their UFC contract if all you have to do is sit on your ass for a year.

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2/19/10 8:39 PM by Pink Bunkadoo

I would say he told everyone if he put it in his blog. If I were his employer and read that, I would think he quit.

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2/19/10 8:00 PM by SKARHEAD