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Rampage Jackson Pleads Not Guilty

(‘Ummm…it wasn’t me?’ Photo courtesy of MMA Punch.)

Gossip site TMZ — the same site that first captured former UFC champ “Rampage” Jackson’s run from the law — is now reporting that the former champ has “pleaded not guilty to felony counts of evading police, hit-and-run and reckless driving” and is free on $25,000 bond. They’re also kind enough to point out that there are no shortage of pictures and witnesses in the case, as they well know.

Is this all an attempt to get the charges knocked down, or is it possible that Rampage really thinks he has a chance of beating this? In all the discussion that has surrounded this case, never once has anyone put forth the serious hypothesis that he might be innocent. Maybe ‘not guilty by reason of energy drinks’? That’s a real defense, right? Pretty sure I saw it on ‘Law & Order’ once. Jack McCoy wasn’t even trying to hear it, though, and that dude went down, which doesn’t bode well for Rampage if any of the potential jurors in this case also saw that episode.

Rampage is due back in court on November 3, TMZ says. That’s not too far away from UFC 91 on November 15, and if the UFC follows through on its plan to put Rampage in that event it may be cutting things a little close. The guy is already dealing with enough distractions. Trying to train and then fight while he’s got an ongoing criminal case might be too much to ask.

Stay tuned to see how this one plays out…

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Douchebag Award- August 29, 2008 at 8:44 pm
Goes to Brad. Your prize, once again, is another cock in your mouth. Dick.
Crocodile Dundee- August 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm
Rampage definitely does not want to plead guilty to the charges, ever. In a criminal matter, especially a felonious matter, you don't EVER plead guilty, hire an attorney. Most of the time the prosecution WILL plea and reduce the charges, especially if you have a not guilty by reason of insanity, etc. defense, becasue it is not worth the court's time and money to have a long felony hearing where nobody was injured. Also, i'm sure the UFC has obtained very good legal counsil in this matter for Rampage. They can make a lot more money with him out of jail than in jail.
Brad- August 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm
@ O and A Party Rock

Thanks for reiterating something people have been privy to for weeks.
O and A Party Rock- August 28, 2008 at 9:16 am
Dana White did a phone interview a couple days ago on the Opie and Anthony show where he explained that the whole Rampage episode was caused by 'delirium'. He stated that Rampage had been up for 4 days during which he was 'fasting' and only drinking energy drinks which caused him to have a medical condition causing him impairment. Dana also said there were no drugs, no alcohol, and that Rampage spent a couple days under psychiatric evaluation and then was medically treated for his 'delirium'. Dana sounded confident that this whole issue will blow over, and he even answered questions about one of people whom Rampage knocked off her rear-view mirror and then tried to blame Rampage for her having a miscarriage a few days later, but doctors have already cleared Rampage of any fault in this case as well.
Sharper- August 27, 2008 at 8:54 pm
The UFC seems confident that Rampage will be able to fight. What they should do is have a backup fighter waiting just in case. Tell him that he should train as if he is fighting for the Nov 15 event so he can step in if necessary. If Rampage does in fact fight, then give the other fighter a guarenteed fight on the December show, so his training is still relevant.

Seems like a better way to do it rather than having to scrap a high name match at the last second, or to give a new fighter only a week's notice to get ready for what is probably going to be a very tough opponent.