Litigation is perhaps the one avenue which sheds the most light on business practices in combat sports and more details are emerging through the ongoing contract dispute between Bellator and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
In support of their desired injunction Bellator President Scott Coker filed a Certification with the Superior Court of New Jersey which provides the promoters detailed allegations of Jackson’s contract breach.
The certification reveals that Jackson completed 3 fights of his 6 fight deal, and to date has been compensated as follows:
1. A Tesla valued at $129,603
2. $940,000 in signing bonuses, purses, sponsorship payment
3. A $200,000 non-contractual payment
Coker goes on to state that Jackson left the promotion after failed attempts to re-negotiate his current contract certifying as follows to the Court
“When he was unable to extract more money than his contract provided, Jackson purported to terminate the Agreement based on his manufactured allegations that Bellator had breached”.
Here for Jackson’s side of the story as told by his manager, Lee Gwynn, in late 2014.