Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will reportedly have his day in California court on August 15th, facing violations of felony hit-and-run, evading police, and reckless driving.
The news comes from a report by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Jackson is scheduled to appear in front of a judge at the Harbor Justice Center in Laguna Niguel to face his charges. Jackson was arrested Tuesday following a high-speed chase involving Costa Mesa police officers after he reportedly fled the scene of an accident he was involved in.
Jackson reportedly struck three more vehicles, ran through numerous red lights, and nearly struck pedestrians on the sidewalk before finally voluntarily stopping. He was taken into custody at gunpoint but without incident. No one was injured.
The newspaper also confirms previous reports that UFC President Dana White did indeed fly to California upon learning of the arrest and arranged bail for Jackson at the Orange County central jail. The Press-Telegram cites the UFC as confirming the information but not releasing anything further.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When contacted by MMA on Tap earlier today, the Costa Mesa Police Department in California had confirmed that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had been released on $25,000 bail overnight. Details regarding who posted bail were not available at the time.
Jackson was arrested yesterday following a high-speed chase involving Costa Mesa officers after Jackson reportedly 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 was taken into custody at gunpoint but without incident. He has been charged with violations of felony hit-and-run, evading police, and reckless driving.
Overnight, TMZ.com, which now has video of Rampage’s arrest posted on their website, reported that Jackson was deemed “medically unfit” for booking and that he was instead taken to a nearby hospital. However MMA Weekly has confirmed with Sgt. Chamberlain of the department that Jackson was indeed medically fit and was booked into the Orange County central jail. Five Ounces of Pain was also unable to confirm Jackson’s admittance into any hospital in the area.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that UFC President Dana White apparently flew to California upon learning of the arrest and was intending on driving to the county jail to post bail for Jackson. Whether he did so or not remains unknown.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (left) is interviewed by Joe Rogan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Update 9:21 PM: When contacted by MMA on Tap earlier tonight, Costa Mesa Police Department Lieutenant Paul Dondero confirmed Jackson’s arrest earlier today just outside of Newport Beach.
“Mr. Jackson was arrested and has been transported to Orange County Central Booking where he remains in custody,” Dondero said. “He’s been charged with violations of felony hit-and-run, evading police, and reckless driving at the moment. Bail has been set at $25,000.”
It’s unknown at this time whether or not Jackson was able to make bail. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reports that UFC President Dana White flew to California upon learning of the arrest and was intending on driving to the county jail to post bail for Jackson. More details on the situation are expected to come out over the coming days.
Ridiculous breaking news out of California concerning former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He’s reportedly been arrested after leading Newport Beach police on a high-speed chase.
TMZ.com is reporting that Jackson sped away from the scene of a car accident that he was in. Eventually police caught up to him and he voluntarily stopped and was arrested. Potential charges include evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident, both felonies.
The Daily Pilot has a recap of what transpired:
The driver of a lifted, gray pick-up truck left crashed cars, shredded tires and sparks in his wake this afternoon when he led police on a short pursuit from the southbound 55 freeway exit onto Newport Boulevard where he hit at least three cars, police officials said.
The driver, whom police could not immediately identify, hit two cars at 19th Street and Newport Boulevard, then drove away at about 1:13 p.m., said Lt. Paul Dondero. A Costa Mesa police officer saw the driver southbound approaching 17th Street and tried to pull him over, police said. There, he hit at least one more car before continuing to run, now heading south toward the Balboa Peninsula, Dondero said. Some time after that, the truck blew a tire but continued to drive on its rims, Dondero said.
And people say leg-kicks don’t hurt? MMAjunkie.com posted the medical suspensions for UFC 86 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out until possibly January 2nd, 2009!:
- Quinton Jackson - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left knee, tibia, fibia and thumb injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Forrest Griffin - suspended until Sept. 4 due to right-upper-eyelid laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Chris Lytle - suspended until Sept. 4 due to laceration near right eye (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Josh Koscheck - suspended until Aug. 5 with no contact July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Marcus Aurelio - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-thumb ligament injury (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Justin McCully - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-shoulder injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Cole Miller - suspended until Sept. 4 due to facial lacerations (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Jorge Gurgel - suspended until Jan. 2 due to right tibia, fibia and elbow injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor)
- Dennis Siver - suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for precautionary reasons
- Justin Buchholz - suspended until Sept. 4 due to scalp laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr
The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.
Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight. An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.
The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site. The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were). The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that. Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.
Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly. The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage. The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k. The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card. Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.
Nogueira tests positive
MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.
Kolohe to defend title Aug 2
Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.
Bosse to take on the Colossus
Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal. Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.
Kicking a live horse
Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card.
Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson - Unanimous Decision
Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida - Split Decision
Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau - Submission (guillotine choke)
Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle - Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully - Submission (americana)
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel - Submission (triangle choke)
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver - TKO
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill - Submission (rear naked choke)
Update Jul 6 7:45pm: Adding post-fight video reaction.
First, Forrest Griffin:
Others after the jump.
Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While it’s pretty easy to assume that the current relationship between UFC President Dana White and his reigning heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, might be a little rocky considering White’s company filed a defamation suit against Couture earlier this year, things might be starting to get a little better between the two.
White was a guest this morning on CBS and XM Satellite Radio’s “Opie and Anthony Show” (audio here) where he talked about a variety of topics, including his current situation with Couture. As he’s done all throughout the past eight months since Couture formally resigned from the promotion, White had nothing but good things to say about the UFC Hall-of-Famer.
“I have nothing but respect for Randy Couture,” White said on the program. “This guy is a real fighter and he’s always fought the best fighters in the world. So whatever his reasoning his for wanting to sit out for the remainder of this thing, I want Randy Couture back in the UFC. I want him to be a part of this thing for the rest of his life and I’m trying to work that out with Randy right now so we’ll see what happens.”
Whether or not White and Couture are really trying to work something out remains to be seen, but this is the first time in quite a while that White has even mentioned anything related to an attempt to patch things up with Couture.
White also discussed his attempts to sign former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. While one of Couture’s main reasons for leaving the UFC was White’s inability to sign Emelianenko, he noted that his attempts were not made in vain.
Zack Selwyn of G4’s Attack of the Show sets out to discover the softer side of current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the above video from Hulu. Jackson discusses the story behind his nickname, his win over Chuck Liddell last May, how he is the only current mixed martial artist with their own shoe deal, and his love for video games among other things.
Just as he did before his fight with Phil Baroni, Frank Shamrock is at it again, this time mocking Cung Le with the help of Shonie Carter.
Touch of gloves to Bloody Elbow for the find.
Herman Confirms Fight With Maia
While Demian Maia himself revealed that he would be fighting Ed Herman at UFC 83 in April back in January, questions about the fight have started popping up recently since the UFC has yet to officially announce the bout nor add it to the list of fights on their official website.
Well Ed Herman has now confirmed the bout in a recent interview with MMA Opinion:
CC. Rumors around the internet are that you are fighting Demian Maia at UFC 83, are these rumors true?
EH. Yes that’s true.
Rampage and Nike Pair Up
UFC light heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will star alongside Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James and various other athletes for the filming of a new Nike commercial entitled “Human Chain” this weekend according to Josh Gross of Sherdog.
Jackson becomes the second mixed martial artist in history to be featured in a Nike ad. Randy Couture and his infamous cauliflower ears were shown on TV in 1996, via a commercial called “Scars”.
MMA About to Get “Nasty”
Former professional wrestler and member of the WWF and WCW tag team champion “Nasty Boys” Jerry Sags is set to enter the world of MMA, where he will take on Alabama Fight Night veteran Jason Pharro in the near future.
The news comes from our friends at Koco Sports, who have confirmed that Sags will start in a reality television series titled “Lesson in Respect”. The show will document Sags’ training in the weeks and months leading up to his fight against Pharro.
So how did this whole idea get started? Apparently Pharro had some choice words to say about pro wrestling and Sags took exception.
“I respect MMA,” Sags told Koco Sports. “But I don’t get where this guy gets off disrespecting our business, I have friends who have died doing what we do, families missing husbands, fathers & brothers and this guy is going to disrespect them, who they were and how they earned their living. Well that pisses me off and I’m ready to rip this guy’s face off.”