UFC News: Quinton Jackson to Fight November 15

It looks as if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will fight in the midst of his legal troubles and it is likely that he will fight on November 15th.  This from MMAjunkie.com

The UFC plans to allow former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to fight even though he was formally charged with two felonies on Tuesday for his role in a July 15 traffic incident in Southern California.

Jackson, 30, was charged with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly and one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic. He was also charged with three misdemeanors.

Notably, he will not be charged in the death of the unborn child of one of the women whose car he hit, 38-year-old Holli Griggs. Griggs was driving in the left lane on the southbound 55 Freeway when Jackson’s pick-up truck sideswiped her sport utility vehicle, according to police. Griggs miscarried following the accident.

Jackson, who will be arraigned on Thursday, is free on $25,000 bail.

UFC president Dana White, who has been outspoken in his support of Jackson, said he believes Jackson committed no crime and was simply ill. He said Jackson suffered from delirium, the result of days of little or no sleep, no food and no liquid other than energy drinks.

White said Jackson did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when he was tested following the incident and said he was not given medication to help him after his arrest.

“They gave him an IV to get fluids into him and they made him go to sleep,” White said. White said he and UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta support Jackson “unequivocally” and said he spent much of the day on Monday attempting to arrange a bout for Jackson.

Though there has been much speculation that Jackson would fight Wanderlei Silva, White declined to comment. But a source close to the situation said a Jackson-Silva fight is unlikely. Silva has two wins over Jackson from their days together in the PRIDE Fighting Championship.

But Jackson will fight, likely on the Nov. 15 card in Portland, Ore., and the charges won’t impede him.

“Of course he’ll fight,” White said. “If he was doing drugs, if he had been drunk, if he had gone out there and done what he did because he was pissed off at someone, that would be a completely different story. But he was ill. And in this company, we support our friends and anyone who works for us when they’re ill and have problems. He was ill, the incident occurred, and now he’s fine.

“Rampage feels awful about the woman’s baby, but he had nothing to do with it. And the (traffic incident) occurred because he was very ill and not with him in control of his faculties.”

Jackson’s opponent is not yet known.  Every rumor has pointed to Shogun and Wanderlei Silva and I would have to suspect it would be one of those guys as every other major contender is locked up besides Forrest Griffin.  One would have to wonder if Rampage can keep focused on a big fight in the midst of legal troubles.

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One Response

  1. whats up quition im not in your shoes but i know tgere are more hatas now than ever keep on puttin our home town on tha map dam what them hatas say because you made it anyway so fuck da rest

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