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“Rampage” Fires Ibarra, May Fight Wanderlei Silva In November

Quinton JacksonIn a recent article, Josh Gross reports that the rumored split between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and long time trainer/manager Juanito Ibarra is in fact a reality:

“Rampage’s seismic shift from an idolized mixed martial artist began after he relinquished his title on points to Forrest Griffin UFC 86 on July 5. The decision to fire Juanito Ibarra, his trainer, manager and occasionally spiritual mentor, came shortly thereafter. A lack of food and sleep compounded unsettling behavior, and TMZ photos of Jackson face down in the street at the rear of his Bigfoot-inspired truck — its left front tire shredded — documented the result of a dangerous chase with police.”

The article adds that Jackson is slowly but surely getting healthier, and could be back in action as early as November:

“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.” Against lawyers’ advice, Jackson has gone out several times. Fan requests for autographs at a local mall have been happily fulfilled. His only other trips are to outpatient treatment, which he attends daily.

…As an Aug. 15 court date approaches for the 30-year-old father of four, a search for a new representation is underway. And, though he is only two weeks removed from an incident that allegedly sent pedestrians scurrying for their lives, the UFC is said to be interested in a November return for Rampage with a third fight against [Wanderlei] Silva.”

The article concluded that Jackson’s presence inside the octagon will naturally depend upon his mental state, which one would imagine is being monitored on a fairly regular basis these days.

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