So, okay, former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may have some legal troubles. He may have been charged with two felonies and a couple few misdemeanors resulting from his little driving mishap, and he may even be looking at potential jail time. Big deal. Does that mean he shouldn’t take a fight in November? Maybe. Probably. But so what. He’s doing it anyway.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Dana White is actively trying to set Jackson up with a fight for UFC 91 on November 15 in Portland, Ore.:
“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.”
All right, I understand the argument that because he was “ill” it shouldn’t be looked at in the same way as someone with a drug or alcohol problem. That makes a certain degree of sense. Until you consider that this “illness” was entirely self-imposed. Rampage decided not to eat, sleep, or drink anything other than energy drinks after his last fight. That’s not like coming down with the chicken pox. It’s more like coming down with the crazy-energy-drink pox, which is almost as bad as the cocaine pox, except not as expensive.
If Rampage really does come back in November, the next question is, who will he fight? Wanderlei Silva is looking doubtful, so there goes that bad idea. Plus, the trouble with trying to convince everyone that Rampage is perfectly fine is that you can’t reasonably set him up with an easy return bout without undermining that claim. And if you do give him someone tough, then you have to worry that he’ll have another energy drink meltdown and go careening down Burnside in a giant monster truck with his picture on the side, and nobody wants that, least of all the bums sleeping under newspapers on Burnside.
Whoever Rampage faces, don’t be surprised to see Dana White following him around with an IV and a sandwich all weekend. Maybe a tranquilizer gun, too, just to be on the safe side.