It has been a tumultuous month for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. After losing his title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86, 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. Additional charges may be on the way for the fallen champion.
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, less than an hour later in the UFC 86 post-fight press conference, Rampage seemed to have had a change of 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 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.”
Perhaps it was Ibarra that got in Rampage’s ear in the walk back to the locker room after the fight, because he was the one that approached UFC President Dana White and Owner Lorenzo Fertitta for an immediate rematch once the decision was announced.
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 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.
That is where Rampage is believed to be currently held.
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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 July 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 even drinks alcohol. He suspected immediately that something wasn’t right. That type of behavior just isn’t in the former Champ’s character.
UFC fighter, Brandon Vera, wishes his dear friend well and says that he loves him in his post-fight Octagon interview. He also asks for all the fans to continue to support and pray for the fallen Champ.
SI.com writer, Josh Gross, writes an in-depth article summarizing the day of Rampage’s incident, as well as what took place with the friends that stayed with the fallen champion days after. Gross mentions that after the incident, Rampage has been seen out in public taking pictures and siging autographs for fans.
Gross added that Rampage has fired his longtime trainer and friend, Juanito Ibarra, for unspecified reasons. This is the first time that this seperation has been made public.
The article also touches on Rampage’s many religious experiences, including a time in 2004 which he was, “touched by Jesus in a dream…That night he was born again.”
Gross also referred to an interview that he had with Rampape after he beat former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, for his title in 2007. Rampage talks about how God had already laid out Rampage’s future for him, and that it was written on the wall for all to see.
“Ya’ll don’t see how it was just perfect timing?” Rampage asked Gross. “Ya’ll don’t see that it was written? Ya’ll can’t see that was planned? That that was destiny? Ya’ll don’t see that cause ya’ll don’t have the eyes that I have. You don’t know see what God stored in me. I’m God’s street soldier. No matter what happens I will always be God’s street soldier, and I always know he’s going to take care of me. And everything’s going to be OK.”
Rumors surface that the UFC might have Rampage take on former PrideFC foe, Wanderlei Silva, on a UFC event to be held in November. This will be the their third meeting; Silva holds a 2-0 record over the former 205-pound champ.
A report from the Daily Pilot states that one of the women that Rampage hit with his truck on July 5th has miscarried. The 38 year old, Holli Griggs, was 16 weeks pregnant and has yet to officially file any charges against Rampage.
Griggs has not made any comments publically on the matter, however her fiance, Bill Krebs, made a brief statement in front of his home on Thursday.
“No amount of money will bring back my son,” Krebs said.
What that usually means is that the couple is still in the process of grieving, however once things settle down, charges will be brought. The couple has retained the services of an attorney.
Rampage’s current/former trainer speaks with MMAJunkie.com about his concerns for the fallen champion. He states that he has not had the opportunity to speak with Rampage since his incident, however is chomping at the bit to do so.
“I’m devastated by what he’s been through and some of the things I’ve heard,” Ibarra told the website. “I’ve not sat down with Quinton to this day to discuss things. I pray for his well-being, and if I helped Quinton out a little bit with his growth in the sport, then I’ve been very blessed and honored to do that. I love this kid with all my heart, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Since Ibarra has not had the opportunity to speak with Rampage, he didn’t want to speculate on where his relationship with Jackson currently stands.
“I’m not going to get in to storytelling. … It’s not what I’m about,” Ibarra said. “I haven’t sat down with Quinton Jackson, and I’m not going to hear things through sources and through people. This is a kid I’ve been with for almost four years. I have nothing but love and support for him. All I want for Quinton right now is what’s best for him. Whatever he needs from me in any way, I’m here for him and always have been.”
Rampage is taped speaking out publicly for the first time on UFC President Dana White’s video blog. Rampage appears to be in good spirits, and actually appears to be as upbeat as ever. He reiterated that fact that he has not gone “crazy” like many within the MMA community would like to believe.
“I knew I wasn’t stupid, and not crazy,” Rampage joked about not being able to read the time on his $100,000 watch. “Delirium, is not crazy.”
A thankful Rampage wanted to send the following message to his fans and supporters, “I just want all my fans to know, thank you for all the support and Rampage will be back.”
Also, in a roundabout way he did confirm his split with longtime trainer and friend, Junito Ibarra. “I’m training already, I got new trainers, man they’re off the chain, homie.
“They teaching me how to do this here, do that there. My next opponent, you better watch out and be well. That’s for real, homie. I’m training hard, because I got a lot of stuff to prove, you know what I’m sayin’? I ain’t no chump, homie, I ain’t no chump. I ain’t gaining weight no more. I ain’t gonna be fat like I was on that show [The Ultimate Fighter Season 7].”
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.