Rampage to return to UFC in November despite pending felony charges
Jackson returning to action?
By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
1 hour, 40 minutes ago
The UFC plans to allow former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to fight even though he was formally charged with two felonies on Tuesday for his role in a July 15 traffic incident in Southern California.
Jackson, 30, was charged with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly and one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic. He was also charged with three misdemeanors.
Notably, he will not be charged in the death of the unborn child of one of the women whose car he hit, 38-year-old Holli Griggs.
Farrah Emmami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney, told MMA Weekly, “We reviewed all the medical records and spoke with the victim’s physician, and the evidence showed that the loss of the fetus was not related to or a result of the crash caused by the defendant.”
Jackson, who will be arraigned on Thursday, is free on $25,000 bail.
UFC president Dana White, who has been outspoken in his support of Jackson, said he believes Jackson committed no crime and was simply ill. He said Jackson suffered from delirium, the result of days of little or no sleep, no food and no liquid other than energy drinks.
White said Jackson did not have drugs or alcohol in his system when he was tested following the incident and said he was not given medication to help him after his arrest.
“They gave him an IV to get fluids into him and they made him go to sleep,” White said. White said he and UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta support Jackson “unequivocally” and said he spent much of the day on Monday attempting to arrange a bout for Jackson.
Though there has been much speculation that Jackson would fight Wanderlei Silva, White declined to comment. But a source close to the situation said a Jackson-Silva fight is unlikely. Silva has two wins over Jackson from their days together in the PRIDE Fighting Championship.
But Jackson will fight, likely on the Nov. 15 card in Portland, Ore., and the charges won’t impede him.
“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.”