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Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson seeks dismissal of injunction in Bellator lawsuit

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Esther Lin

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's legal team has taken the next step in its ongoing battle with former promoter Bellator.

Jackson's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the injunction placed upon him by a New Jersey court as a part of Bellator's breach-of-contract lawsuit, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight. A hearing on the motion will be held June 11.

Jackson signed a contract with the UFC late last year, despite Bellator's claim it still held the former UFC light heavyweight champ under a valid contract. Bellator eventually sued for breach of contract.

When Jackson was announced for a fight against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186, Jackson was slapped with an injunction preventing him from fighting, as Bellator claimed it would suffer irreparable damage. But in a surprising move, a New Jersey appellate court struck the portion of the injunction which prevented Jackson from fighting, while not lifting the remainder of the complaint.

Jackson's motion, if granted, would lift the remaining portions of the injunction. According to sources close to the situation, Jackson would then request that the overall lawsuit proceed to a trial by jury.

Meanwhile, the UFC, sources said, is waiting for the court case to play out before booking Jackson, who scored a unanimous decision win over Maldonado, in another fight.