(“I’ll pose with you bitches but I ain’t gonna enjoy it.”)
Though the rumored UFC 91 match between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva has yet to be confirmed by the UFC or by either fighter, sources at Wolfslair Academy tell MMA Junkie that Rampage has already begun a six-week fight camp in preparation for the November 15th scrap. If those shifty limeys can be believed, the Jackson/Silva bout will serve as the co-main event for the Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar headlining fight. UFC 91 is slated to go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will also feature a lightweight bout between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson.
Hopefully Jackson can keep his head clear in the run-up to his third attempt at not getting KTFO by Wanderlei, because the fight isn’t the only thing he’ll be dealing with. Jackson is scheduled to appear in court on November 3rd, where it will be determined whether or not he’ll go to trial for his July arrest; Jackson pled not guilty to felony counts of evading police, hit-and-run and reckless driving.
Rampage’s former trainer Juanito Ibarra has been laying low since Jackson’s one-man monster truck rally in Costa Mesa, but SI.com’s Josh Gross dug him up for an interview that’s chock-full of vague, evasive statements. For example:
SI.com: After Rampage lost, can you describe what happened with your relationship?
Ibarra: Yesterday is a cancelled check, today is cash in hand, tomorrow is a promissory note. All I know is that I gave the kid all that I’ve had, like he’s my own son. I loved him. Since then I haven’t talked to Rampage.
SI.com: Speaking with people in his camp, and hearing what Tito Ortiz said about the cost of a camp and money being taken, there are questions about whether you overcharged Jackson, or took money from him. Are you denying those allegations?
Ibarra: I’ve never done anything I wasn’t asked to do, and that’s it. I would never take anything from anybody without them giving it to me. Never.
SI.com: So he has not talked to you then?
Ibarra: If he and I could have spoken, I wish he would accept me and sit down with me. But, you know, people around him — his advisors, etc. — said that that wasn’t going to happen.
SI.com: Where do you stand right now in terms of your training of Cheick Kongo?
Ibarra: We’re no longer together. He left just a couple days ago back to France to work on some personal things, and we’re friends. He’s been asked by his fellow workout-mates to come join what they’re doing, and they were going to make it hard for him if he didn’t. I don’t want to stop no one from growing. They can grow with me or they can grow with somebody else.
I’m here for the fighter. I help teach kids in and out the right way if they want to listen. And if they choose to make the bad decisions, and choose to lie about what they do, and choose to have bad camps, and choose to overspend their monies, that’s their choice. If they choose to be cowards, that’s their choice. What’s the difference between a coward and a hero? It’s what the coward does that makes them a coward, and it’s what the hero does that makes them a hero.
Does this mean Jackson and Kongo are cowards, now? It’s too bad Ibarra doesn’t just speak in plain English rather than use made-up maxims and figures of speech to verbally stick and move. (What was that bullshit about a promissory note?) At any rate, you should read the rest of the interview, where Ibarra talks about his future plans, which include building a non-profit youth center in Big Bear. The man is truly a saint.