Ariel Helwani tweeted that Bellator/Viacom failed to secure an emergency injunction preventing Rampage Jackson from fighting on Saturday’s UFC 186 card in Montreal.
“I’m told that earlier today the NJ Supreme Court refused to grant Bellator emergency injunctive relief against Rampage. He’s cleared.”
Viacom lawyers had been hoping to reverse New Jersey appellate divsion superior court judge John Kennedy who overturned the injunction issued two weeks ago by chancery court judge Karen L. Suter forcing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out of his UFC 186 bout with Fabio Maldonado. Jackson had been replaced by former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse.
“These assertions, in our view, are nothing other than vague speculatio.n that does not warrant the extraordinary remedy of a preliminary injunction,” Kennedy wrote in an order – obtained by MMAjunkie.
“It is apparent to this court that the adjudication of the merits of the parties’ respective claims and defenses will require a factual determination,” Kennedy ruled while declining to address Bellator’s other legal claims in its suit against Jackson.
“What this all means is, the lawsuit between Bellator and Jackson is ongoing,” wrote Erik Magraken of combatsportslaw.com, in an email to MMAjunkie. “The injunction keeping Jackson from fighting at UFC 186 has been set aside, and Jackson currently remains under a general preliminary injunction from ‘fighting for any MMA promoter’ with the exception of UFC 186.”
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on the case as it winds its way through the court system.
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