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Damn the Courts! Rampage Jackson Still Looking at November Return


(Coming atcha, Portland)

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.

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KTFO- August 27, 2008 at 4:31 am
Let's stop saying ill and call it what it is, the dude's a whack job, and I do agree with Dana when he says it's not Rampage's fault he's nuttier than squirrel turds.
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UFC fan- August 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm
yeah Rampages ass beat the hell outta Forrests leg.
And when Rampage was down for a whole round on his back and couldnt get up, yeah thats when he was the most deadly of all.
You seriously need to get a grip on reality, but then so does that douchebag TRUTH up there.
Perennial- August 26, 2008 at 11:21 am
Rampage beat Forrest? Eh, please re-watch the fight.
Plain old Kevin- August 26, 2008 at 10:44 am
Shogun is a joke if Forrest stopped him... I don't care how good he was. Rampage beat Forrest, if the boxing judges were not there, and he will beat the next person that they put in front of him no matter who it is.
crazyinthehead- August 26, 2008 at 9:40 am
I'd love to see either Shogun or Wanderlei punch some sense into Rampage :) preferably Wandy tho since we all know how that will go (OH YEAH KNEES IN THE HEAD)
Perennial- August 26, 2008 at 9:20 am
My post above.
Forgot to put my name on it =P
Anonymous- August 26, 2008 at 9:19 am
"Religion is always a self imposed illness."

Hah, quoted for truth. Going to my Facebook, hah!
Fedor Emelianenko's banned DVD- August 26, 2008 at 7:55 am
Koeikan: I sure hope you're right. I'd love to see the two meet in the cage. Hopefully ring rust haven't got the best of Shogun. If it's Shogun of the old, I'd bet my money on him without any doubts of the outcome.
Koeikan- August 26, 2008 at 2:33 am
Shogun is the rumor and I think it's either a done deal or very close.
Ken- August 26, 2008 at 2:20 am
Hahaha Portland is the greatest city on the planet.
The Truth- August 26, 2008 at 2:20 am
Religion is always a self imposed illness.
dog's other red meat- August 26, 2008 at 12:18 am
make him fight a bunch of lawyers. i lose respect for dana with each news article about rumpage.
deadboi- August 25, 2008 at 11:40 pm
SHOGUN ! Let the tuf'ers see what he can really do...
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