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Rampage Prepping for UFC 91; Ibarra Picking Up the Pieces


(“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.

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Walrus- September 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm
Don't diss the U.S.; we're the center of your lives whether you like it or not. You don't even have anything to complain about other than your disliking of our country.

Luckily, we live in a self-sufficient enough place where I don't have to give a shit about you or your cockney country. Never forget -- WE WON THE WAR, YOU SERVE US.



But yea -- that aside,

"I would never take anything from anybody without them giving it to me. Never."
- Juanito

Understandable. After all, its easiest to robb someone when they're naive enough to give you the money up front.
Not a limey- September 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm
"DUDE ….this coming from a nation who thinks Seinfeld is funny…please!"

And Russell Brand is just a riot, huh? lmao
One who can read- September 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Oh, yeah sorry I forgot that part. And I also forgot the part where we don't give a fuck what the rest of the world cares about us - we didn't get to where we are by caring about a bunch of do-nothing socialists who depend on us to get them out of the deep shit every time their policies of appeasement get them into it...but we keep showing up anyway. Your complaints ring hollow.
not a limey either- September 16, 2008 at 11:54 am
'Englishman - re-read the sentence you’re complaining about. If you can’t read, you can’t complain.

michaelhuerta: the “fat fucks of America” are the richest, most successful, most enterprising, hard working, most free people on the face of the earth.'

you forgot 'most laughed at and most hated race on the earth'
not a limey either- September 16, 2008 at 11:53 am
'Actually, English humor is so dry that no one else in the world thinks its funny. Don’t be surprised when tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic ACTUAL humor goes right over their heads.'

DUDE ....this coming from a nation who thinks Seinfeld is funny...please!
skull- September 16, 2008 at 11:16 am
Don't get me started, you mouthy limeys... We Americans are so fat, we could easily belly buck you Englishmen across the pond! I would LOVE to slam my giant beer gut into one of you scrawny Brits! USA! USA! USA! USA!
Clay Guida's fat ass brother- September 16, 2008 at 8:14 am
We're not FAT!!!! We're big-boned. Somebody pass me a twinkie bitches.
Not a limey- September 16, 2008 at 3:38 am
Actually, English humor is so dry that no one else in the world thinks its funny. Don't be surprised when tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic ACTUAL humor goes right over their heads.
One who can read- September 16, 2008 at 3:30 am
Englishman - re-read the sentence you're complaining about. If you can't read, you can't complain.

michaelhuerta: the "fat fucks of America" are the richest, most successful, most enterprising, hard working, most free people on the face of the earth. "Citizens of the world" FLOCK to this country, and try their hardest to GTFO of whatever country you favor or are from. Jealousy is a bitch, and you're not dealing well...lol
michaelhuerta- September 16, 2008 at 12:14 am
agreed. fat fucks of america
Englishman- September 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm
Shity Limeys? Come on now, there no need for that. Obese nation of yanks. Hehe
Isn't it interesting- September 15, 2008 at 9:36 pm
Quentin criticizes Forrest for not conceding that he lost the fight to Rampage, and people pile on Quentin.

Quentin claims that he didn't know what he was doing when he went on his monster truck spree, and people rip him.

Tito does the many questionable things, in business and life that he has done, and people here trash him.

But Jackson and Ortiz call Ibarra a cheater, and everyone agrees with them.

'Splain, Lucy?
Dr.- September 15, 2008 at 9:13 pm
Ah 'left'... it is the other 'right'.
Jeffro- September 15, 2008 at 8:29 pm
I mean, "The one on the left".
Jeffro- September 15, 2008 at 8:28 pm
It is what the old hooter ho does that makes them an old hooter ho.

That one on the right is very nice. I used to live next to one that was amazing. That girl taught me a thing or two about hooter hos. Ahh...the good ole days.
ANTHONY- September 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm
on the right is the oldest hooter hoe i've ever seen
cuddle these nuts- September 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Juan Ibarra is a joke.
Juanito- September 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm
It's what a thief does that makes them a thief, it's what a loser does that makes them a loser, it's what a lier does that makes them a lier, etc. What exactly are those things? Damned if I know!
Juanito- September 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm
Yesterday is the day I was stealing money from Rampage, today is the day he found out and fired my ass, and tomorrow is when all my fighters leave me and I'm a broke ass clown (or a broke ass-clown, make your pick).
Jay- September 15, 2008 at 7:03 pm
I have a feeling Juanito just might turn out to be the Jim Jones of MMA. This dude is wacky.
cuddlesome- September 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm
Love the sarcasm in the closing paragraph--especially the last sentence. Ibarra has no credibility whatsoever, so even if he did speak in plain English, it would be impossible for me to take him seriously.
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