It has been a tumultuous two weeks for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. After losing his title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 just a couple of weeks ago, things seem to have spiraled out of control for Rampage. Here is a timeline of what has happened to the former champ beginning with his loss at UFC 86. IT WILL BE CONTINOUSLY UPDATED.
Rampage loses his UFC light heavyweight title to Forrest Griffin in a controversial decision. In his post-fight Octagon interview, Rampage seemed to admit the loss stating, “Forrest kicked my ass.”
However, in the UFC 86 post-fight press conference, Rampage seemed to have had a change in heart, stating that, “I feel like I won the fight…I was surprised he won the fight, cause I could have swore I dropped him a couple times. I power bombed him…I feel like if your the champ, somebody got to beat the champ, but it was unanimous. I’m not a judge.”
Juanito Ibarra, Rampage’s trainer, was still fuming over the unanimous decision upset and threatened to appeal the loss to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“We got robbed,” Ibarra stated. “We won the majority of the fight…You have to beat the champion.”
Rampage was weaving his Ford pick-up truck in and out of lanes on a flat tire in Costa Mesa, California, where the former champ now resides. A motorcycle officer attempted to pull the fighter over, however Rampage ignored the him and continued to talk on his cell phone.
Rampage continued to evade Costa Mesa police, hitting three separate vehicles along the way. He ran multiple red lights and drove on the sidewalk, “causing pedestrians to flee in terror.”
After a short pursuit, Rampage finally stopped his truck, which contained a large image of the fighter on its side. He was forced to lay flat on his stomach as officers had weapons drawn on him.
“He was arrested for violation of felony evading, hit-and-run and reckless driving,” said Lt. Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
Initial reports stated that after Ramapge was taken into custody, he was deemed “medically unfit” for booking and was taken to a hospital in Orange County for assistance. That report was later rebuffed by Sargent Chamberlin of the Costa Mesa Police Department as he told MMAWeekly.com, “(Jackson) was deemed medically fit to be booked at our jail here at Costa Mesa.” However, he did add that whether he was or wasn’t medically fit, “That is not information that we normally release.”
Lt. Paul Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Department stated that bail for Rampage had been set at $25,000 and finally confirmed that, “(Jackson) was booked here and released on bail.”
Kevin Iole and Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports reported that as soon as UFC President Dana White heard about the situation, he immediately hopped on a plane and flew to Orange County to arrange bail for his fighter. It has yet to be confirmed who posted bail for Rampage.
According to TMZ.com, Rampage’s friends were all with the fighter at his house in Irvine, California and noticed he was a little off kilter. Worried for his well-being, they managed to flag down an Irvine police car and after a brief examination by the cops, they deemed him a danger to himself and others, and took him to a hospital for observation. Rampage was very cooperative with police.
“We did go out to the residence where he was staying at 4:31 p.m. PT. We were asked to assist with him and make sure that he was safe and not a danger to himself or others,” said Lt. Rick Handfield of the Irvine Police Department. “He was exhibiting some unusual behavior that his friends that were there felt concerned.” Details of Jackson’s exact behavior were not forthcoming.
“At the conclusion of our contact, we did detain him and take him to be seen by mental health professionals,” continued Lt. Handfield. He was not released back to Irvine police. “We left him with the mental health professionals.”
That is where Rampage is believed to currently be.
His friend, Josh Barnett, wore Affliction’s Rampage shirt, showing his support.
“This is absolutely in support of Rampage,” Barnett told 5thRound.com about his Rampage shirt. “He is one of my best friends and he has been by my side before, and vice versa. So whatever it is, we’ll get it worked out.”
UFC President, Dana White, appeared as a guest on a popular Los Angeles hip hop radio station, Power 106, to promote UFC Fight Night 14. White spoke about the Rampage situation as well, confirming that he was in Las Vegas when he first heard about it on the 15th and boarded a plane immediately to meet Rampage at the Costa Mesa Police Station.
“I was at the Costa Mesa Police Station before Rampage was, literally,” White said.
It was not mentioned if White was the one that posted Rampage’s bail or not, which has been rumored. White didn’t go into great detail due to the sensitivity of the issue, however did state that, “Rampage needs some mental help right now.”
White mentioned that he was shocked when he first heard about what was going on because he knows that Rampage does not do any drugs, and hardly drinks alcohol. He immediately knew something wasn’t right. That behavior just isn’t in the former champ’s character.
Rampage has been such a joy to watch in combat, but he appears to be currently fighting his toughest challenge to date. Everyone in the MMA community, specifically us at 5thRound.com, want to wish Quinton, his friends and family the best. We know that he will bounce back, healthier than ever.