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Juanito Ibarra Cast Out of Rampage Jackson’s Garden of Crazy

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Josh Gross has a lengthy update on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his SI column, and while it’s good to hear any news on the troubled former UFC champ, nothing that Gross passes along could be classified as “reassuring.” First and foremost, Rampage and his trainer/manager Juanito Ibarra have indeed parted ways:

With defeat as the impetus, Jackson responded to rough terrain by relieving the trainer of his duties, though “bottom line, somehow, someway it all involves money,” said the fighter’s friend.

Jackson is now out of psychiatric observation and is attending outpatient treatment on a daily basis, but he didn’t seem completely cured after his initial release.

“He would still make comments that were slightly weird,” said Jackson’s longtime associate. “You could tell that he wasn’t all the way there, but each day you could tell he was better…He knows what he went through,” said the source. “He knew he had an emotional breakdown that led to a mental breakdown.”

There’s a few other things worth pulling from the article. First off, Jackson came to the Lord under duress. (“In 2004, Jackson…claimed he was touched by Jesus in a dream, scaring him enough to bolt from his apartment with his son D’Angelo in tow. That night he was born again.”) Second, at the time of his PRIDE 28 rematch with Wanderlei Silva, he hadn’t eaten for three days, because he had read on the Internet that fasting would keep the devil away.

Finally, Gross reports that the UFC wants Jackson to return in November, facing off for a third time against Silva. (“His appearance in the cage will depend primarily on his mental state.”) Wow, bad idea. Possibly the worst thing that the UFC could do for Quinton right now is throw him up against the demon that stole his soul twice in PRIDE. My prediction is Rampage would freak the hell out, and either get sunk in the first round or bite Wandy’s nose off during the staredown. Can we wait until Jackson is given a clean bill of mental health before trying to set up his next fight?

The cynic in me thinks that Rampage is being “busted out” — fed to Silva before he’s mentally ready so that the Axe Murderer can score another brutal knockout and boost his marketability in the light-heavyweight division. Something like that could spell the end of Jackson’s career for good. I can only hope the UFC truly looks out for his best interests, because Juanito’s gone, and Rampage might not be able to look out for himself quite yet.


  1. Kim Couture is a cunt Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:07

    Not a huge Page' fan but what he is going thru is very brutal. I feel incredibly bad for the guy and really hope he surounds himself witht he best people possible. I also think that Dana and the UFC should lay off and let him recover fully before having to mentally prepare for a fight. Get well, I'd say god Bless but apparently he would just bless himself.
  2. slapjaw ackrite Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:09

    that is dirty man damn. ive been beggin for this fight and now i dont want it....yet. rampage is top three in my favorites, but anyone in that state should not compete before they are ready and past this kinda shit....dont know what could happen
  3. Anonymous Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:10

    and learn some fuckin jits already shit
  4. Nick Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:10

    To think that the UFC would be giving Silva to Rampage in order to throw Rampage under the bus seems a little far fetched to me. Considering how much more money Rampage could make them(mentally stable) as opposed to how much Wandy and his Brazilian mushmouth could bring in.
  5. oh noes Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:37

    great. now i have a google search for porn logged to me at work....... thanks.
  6. ben Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:40

    @ oh noes: PWNED!!!
  7. Anonymous Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:45

    Mushmouth... classic.
  8. Duffy Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:52

    Religion sucks.
  9. Plain old Kevin Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:53

    He could use a little crazy against Silva. I believe that Rampage will beat him if they fight again. I really hope he gets better and stops ruining himself by fasting and getting fat. Rampage is the man and it sure as shit does not matter what anyone else says.
  10. asian invasion Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 06:58

    wandy would murder that poor bastard...for the 3rd time...i bet rampage doesnt fight for at least a year because i bet he has another mental breakdown in the near future
  11. asian invasion Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:00

    oh and HOW TASTE MY BIG PEE-PEE?!?!?!
  12. neekeri Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:04

    What the hell is Page and Wandy? It's Rampage and Wand you tuffers. Learn the fighters names ffs.
  13. David Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:19

    People need to chill and give this guy his space. He's obviously got some serious issues and needs help. Lets see how money hungry the UFC really is. My guess is they'll push for the Wandy vs. Rampage 3 and could give two shits about Rampage's well being. All they want is their ratings. We shall see...
  14. huh Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:28

    why are the words 'the Internet' in that piece linked to a google porn search?
  15. ben Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:31

    @ huh: It was a very subtle reference to (and demonstration of) how the Internet shouldn't really be trusted. Very, very subtle.
  16. douchebaggery Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:43

    with Ibarra gone this may be Rampage re-living Mike Tyson after Cus died.
  17. thank you Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 07:54

    was i the only one who actually clicked one of the porn links?
  18. Bundy Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 08:09

    Maybe this is a fight rampage needs. I think it will be good for rampage to fight someone who he needs to focus and train hard to beat. Despite what has happened in the past i have always thought rampage was better than silva.
  19. Tsname Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 08:56

    Hope everything turns up for Jackson. Does he have an older brother? If not, he needs one to keep him in check. I'm also glad that Jackson got rid of that frickin snake Ibarra, you can just tell he's bad news.
  20. Xamot Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 09:30

    if the fight does go forward i really hope the MMA journalism community calls Dana White on this crap. it's like how nobody mentions the obvious conflict of interests between Fedor and his manager. there's a lot of unethical business arrangements going on and not enough protest from the MMA community as a whole. i want to see Bas Rutten on Inside MMA calling this crap out.
  21. Fedor Emelianenko MMA instructional Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 10:15

    Someone has been hit on their head too much...
  22. UFC fan Says:

    Mon, 07/28/08 - 11:40

    # neekeri Says: July 29th, 2008 at 1:04 pm What the hell is Page and Wandy? It’s Rampage and Wand you tuffers. Learn the fighters names ffs. hey fucklip, how about we call em whatever we want to, you asshat? how about that? As if you own the fucking rights to their names or represent them, shut the fuck up! AS for Rampage Jackson, I really hate this, I like the dude, I thought he was very stable on the TV show, I thought he had great class, and style, this is just bizarre, its as if anytime now they will pop up and go " ha ha fooled ya, we are just kidding!" The best news of this is Ibarra is gone. first off I think hes a mouthy douchebag, and 2 I think hes a mouthy douchebag who talks to much shit and cant back it up.
  23. Participant Says:

    Tue, 07/29/08 - 09:05

    Wow, another fucked up Jackson. Go figure. There must be a genetic link that ties that name to a popularity+moron chromosome. He's fallen off his rocker.
  24. Obamanation Says:

    Tue, 07/29/08 - 11:54

    Since when does the UFC ever look out for anyone's best interest? This is a bloodsport filled with bloodsuckers! When they have used Rampage up, they will spit him out, and maybe engineer a comeback fight now and again. The UFC is eventually going to kick its own azz, and a more reputable organization will see their errors and profit from it. I hope so.
  25. Busarider Says:

    Tue, 07/29/08 - 03:08

    @ Ben That internet porn site link was freaking funny, Especially after you pwned someone. I've been laguhing about that for minutes now. I bet the UFC / White will say something in an interview to the effect that they are not doing anything with Rampage until he gets a clean bill of health. BECAUSE they care. Thats their angle.
  26. Wendy Says:

    Tue, 07/29/08 - 03:29

    Is everyone missing one very cool fact...I never knew that Silva knew HTML and designed webpages. Very cool that he had the intellect to build a quick site about how fasting would keep satan away and how eating knees would get you to heaven faster. Very smart Brazilian.
  27. Bootylam! Says:

    Tue, 07/29/08 - 06:45

    Are they serious with wanting Rampage to fight without knowing if his shit is under control? Chappelle, Spears, Tyson, Winehouse, Benoit, [fuck the steroids, he was CRAZY] an now Rampage could have all benefited from getting ACTUAL help not more drugs, more booze, more yesmen and special treatment. Why does everybody wait until the person actually does something loony?
  28. Who Cares Says:

    Tue, 07/29/08 - 11:17

    @ wendy hahahahahahahahaha
  29. Anonymous Says:

    Wed, 07/30/08 - 10:14

    Get the cage!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets do this ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im not Pages friend. Fuck'em. He gets paid to fight for my entertainment. CrAzY RaMpAgE - Would you like some money? Then go fight Wandy. See you selling newspapers @ the curb Sunday mornings. Perfect job for you since all those guys are CrAzY and talk to themselfs all day long ya CrAzY bastard.
  30. Mental Page Says:

    Thu, 07/31/08 - 12:19

    Rampage is obviously suffering from a mental health condition that's been there for a while now which is probably bipolar disorder, but most people are ignorant about how widespread these illnesses are and that you can get help and recover from it... if you're around the right people that is. Unfortunately having heard interviews with Dana White, it's obvious he's fucking ignorant and clueless as to how to get Rampage proper help. The fact that Rampage was still in a psychotic or manic state after he got out of the hospital is not good. He probably needs some medication to help his brain stablize and then he can get off of it and return to fighting. However, seeing how DW has acted in the past and the general lack of educated people around Rampage I'm not hopeful for a positive resolution of this thing.
  31. slapjaw ackrite Says:

    Thu, 07/31/08 - 05:52

    mental page - thank you rampage - fuck juanito...freddie roach
  32. Kim Couture is a cunt, is a bigger cunt Says:

    Wed, 01/14/09 - 04:16

    Shaddup fatty.
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