Quinton Jackson


Jackson Has “Lost Respect” for Griffin

Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In the days following his title loss to Forrest Griffin and before his high-speed chase with police in California, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his camp considered filing a protest to the Nevada State Athletic Commission concerning the scoring during his defeat at UFC 86.

The protest was never made and despite claiming that he “got his ass kicked” during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Jackson is now publicly stating that he beat Griffin. In his recent comments to Fighters Only Magazine, Jackson showed much disdain towards his fellow ‘TUF’ coach.

“I just want my fans to know, I was at my worst and Forrest was at his best - and I still beat him,” Jackson said. “A man is not a man if he can’t ‘fess up to when he gets his ass kicked. See me, if I get my ass kicked I am like ‘yeah, I got my ass kicked’ [After the fight] I was being sarcastic, because I really could not believe that it went the way it did. I’m not a sore loser, shit happens. But I was hoping that Forrest would be a man and come out and say ‘You know what, I didn’t win that fight’, especially after he watched it.”

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Back to the Future: Recap Edition

Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…

Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV

Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.

Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.

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Jackson’s Arraignment Postponed Indefinitely

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The arraignment of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon at the Harbor Justice Center in Laguna Niguel, California, has been postponed indefinitely pending further investigation according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson was arrested last month following a high-speed chase involving Costa Mesa police officers after Jackson allegedly fled the scene of an accident he was involved in. Jackson struck three more vehicles, ran through numerous red lights, and nearly struck pedestrians on the sidewalk before finally voluntarily stopping. He has been charged with felony violations of hit-and-run, evading police, and reckless driving.

Reported new evidence is the reasoning behind the delay. Whether or not it is also related to the fact that 38-year-old Holli Griggs, who was driving her Cadillac Escalade when Jackson’s truck sideswiped her during his run from police, reportedly had a miscarriage, is currently unknown.

“The district attorney’s office is responsible for filing charges and [Jackson’s] case is still under investigation based on some new evidence that has been discovered,” Orange County D.A. Spokesperson Farrah Emami told Sherdog.com. “There were different incidents that occurred in different jurisdictions. We’re looking at all of this as one potential case. The recommendations of the police are taken into consideration, but it could be more charges or less charges, depending on what the evidence reports.”

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White Talks More Rampage

In an interview conducted by NBC Sports shortly after the UFC wrapped up their pre-fight press conference for UFC 87 on Thursday, Dana White elaborates further on the situation involving former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. White touches on the string of events that took place on the day of Jackson’s arrest and what lies in his future as well.

Jackson Expected to Fight Again Soon

Quinton Jackson and Joe Rogan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Weeks after he struck multiple vehicles and nearly injured pedestrians while leading California police on a high-speed chase, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has launched himself back into the public eye.

Jackson was present at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference, which was covered by MMA on Tap partner site Rogers Sportsnet, to promote this Saturday night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy. He was one of the featured guests on the podium, frequently standing besides UFC President Dana White, who claimed that Jackson was healthy and could return to action sooner than thought.

“Apparently they tell us he is healthy”, White said at the press conference. “He is healthy, mentally and physically and will back in the UFC soon. They took him in for psychiatric evaluation for 72 hours, and what they came back with, was that there was nothing wrong with him mentally, it was physically. He was exhausted. Severe dehydration and that caused something called delirium.”

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Dana White’s UFC 87 Blog Part II & III

UFC President Dana White has decided to keep a video blog of his doings in this week leading up to Saturday night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here’s Part II & III (after the jump) where he lets everyone in on his itinerary for Tuesday and then sits down for dinner with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Definitely a must-see for all those wondering how Rampage is doing these days.

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Woman Injured in Rampage Chase Loses Baby

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A pregnant Huntington Beach woman whom former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson reportedly sideswiped during his high-speed chase from police in California earlier this month has apparently had a miscarriage.

According to a report in the Daily Pilot, Holli Griggs was driving her Cadillac Escalade southbound when Jackson’s truck sideswiped her as he drove along the middle of the highway at approximately 45 mph while fleeing from Costa Mesa officers. Doctors reportedly noticed problems with Griggs in the days following the accident and a recent ultrasound confirmed that she had lost her baby.

Huntington Beach district attorney Farrah Emami has stated that while prosecutors have yet to file any formal charges against Jackson, her office is currently undergoing an investigation into the matter. However it has yet to be determined whether or not it was the accident that caused Griggs to lose her child.

Jackson was released on bail one day after his incident with police. UFC President Dana White reportedly paid the sum. Jackson was brought in by police for a mental evalution later that week after police received a call from worried friends and family about Jackson’s behavior. He will face violations of felony hit-and-run, evading police, and reckless driving on August 15th in court. Despite all of the above, the UFC is reportedly interested in matching Jackson up in a rematch with Wanderlei Silva at a planned November event.

UFC Planning November Return for Rampage? Let’s Hope Not

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

If you haven’t read Josh Gross’ latest piece on all of the drama involving Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, I suggest you check it out. Many quotes concerning Rampage’s behavior come from an unidentified source and shed some light on all of the strange thoughts that were apparently going through his head in the days following his now infamous high-speed chase from police in California earlier this month.

The article even mentions that Rampage relieved Juanito Ibarra of his services following the loss of his UFC light heavyweight title to Forrest Griffin on July 5th. The move seems odd considering that it was Ibarra that revamped Jackson’s game and catapulted him to the top of the UFC after floundering during his final years in PRIDE. On the other hand, Gross’ source mentions that the firing has something to do with money, giving current rumors floating around concerning Ibarra possibly stealing from Rampage a bit more validity.

However the most disturbing part is the possibility that the UFC may be planning on rematching Rampage against Wanderlei Silva in November:

As an Aug. 15 court date approaches for the 30-year-old father of four, a search for a new representation is underway. And, though he is only two weeks removed from an incident that allegedly sent pedestrians scurrying for their lives, the UFC is said to be interested in a November return for Rampage with a third fight against Silva.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this kind of makes me angry a little bit.

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Pregnant Woman Injured as Part of Jackson’s Rampage

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

There’s an article by the Daily Pilot in Newport Beach stating that a pregnant woman was injured during Quinton Jackson’s vehicular rampage:

Former light heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson injured a Huntington Beach woman and may have injured her unborn child when he drove down along the 55 freeway median, authorities and the woman said Wednesday.

It will be interesting to see what transpires over the next couple of days as more information is leaked through the media.

Jackson Taken in for Mental Observation

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Things just keep getting worse for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Last night he was escorted to a nearby hosptial for a mental evaluation by the Irvine Police Department after a close friend reported Jackson was acting out of character.

When contacted by Irvine Lieutenant Rick Handfield this morning by MMA on Tap, Handfield confirmed that Jackson was taken by police to mental health professionals in the area following reports of Jackson’s behavior potentially being dangerous to others.

“We were called to Jackson’s residence yesterday afternoon to help assist him and to ensure that he was not a danger to himself or others,” Handfield said. “We exhibited unusual behavior forthcoming from Jackson to the point that we became concerned along with friends and family that were present. We detained Jackson and took him to be seen by mental health professionals.”

Due to California privacy laws, Handfield was unable to provide any specific details concerning Jackson’s behavior or his current condition at this time. The UFC has yet to release an official statement on the matter although company figurehead Dana White did comment on the situation on KLOS’ Mark and Brian Show in Los Angeles:

“I’m actually here right now, I’m in Southern California,” White said during the interview. “I’ve been dealing with this all day yesterday, I haven’t really gotten to the bottom of this yet. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it yet. Last night when he got out, Rampage is very religious…yeah I’m dealing with it.”

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