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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Arrested on Felony Hit and Run Charges


Costa Mesa Police Lieutenant Paul Dondero confirmed to that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was arrested on felony charges of evading, hit and run, and reckless driving in Newport Beach on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:35 p.m. PT.

“There were several collisions involved,” Lt. Dondero stated as he revealed the details of Jackson’s arrest to Five Ounces of Pain. “The first two occurred on the 55 freeway. The highway patrol was investigating those. Mr. Jackson fled from those and was first observer by a Costa Mesa motor officer driving with one flat tire while talking on a cell phone and weaving in and out of traffic. He tried to make a stop with lights and siren and Mr. Jackson ignored that and continued South on Newport Boulevard. weaving in and out of traffic and at one point crossing over to the Northbound side. At one point he was on the sidewalk and got into another collision at 17th Street and Newport Boulevard. He continued Southbound into Newport Beach running red lights and finally he came to a stop on the Balboa Peninsula and was taken into custody.”

According to Lt. Dondero, as of 7:48 p.m. ET Jackson was still in police custody. Jackson’s bail has been set at $25,000 and he was in the process of being booked through the Orange County jail.

Lt. Dondero indicated that there were no serious injuries as a result of the collisions.

Jackson last competed at UFC 86 on July 5 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that fight, he dropped a five-round unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, losing the UFC light heavyweight title to Griffin in the process.

  • Sorry to all of the people commenting on the last couple. Too much info flying in at once and we don’t want like 5 straight posts.

  • HexRei says:

    holeeeee crap.

  • natureboy says:

    I’m officially depressed about all this. I’m sure it can only get worse. WTF was he doing?

  • double A-ron says:

    Iwonder if he mentioned he was a [email protected]#$ing UFC fighter!

  • I want to hear those 911 calls:

    Operator: 911 emergency.
    Driver: Yes, a man just hit me on the freeway.
    Operator: Okay, did you get a license plate number.
    Driver: No I didn’t but I have a fairly good idea who it was judging by his truck….

  • double A-ron says:

    Uhhh… a truck, yeah, a REALLY BIG TRUCK, The man is Howling out the window and has a big chain around his neck

  • Evan says:

    These fighters make a wild ass living and will have wild ass chaos in their home life.

    They aren’t golfers.

    This stuff will keep on happening.

  • Patrick says:

    What… the… f*ck?

  • Dbess says:

    Was he hanging out with jesse taylor earlier in the day or something? Where did this come from? I would have never expected this to happen. Maybe it’s some kind of marketing scheme where all the attention gets put on the UFC before the affliction fights this saturday?

  • double A-ron says:

    No seriously, i hope he doesn’t get too much out of this deal and that there is not any more to it.

  • Ed says:

    Its sounds like he went on a Rampage …

  • JohnnyRev says:

    holy friggin bombshells Batman! I wonder if Rampage was behind the wheel ??? or if he had a passenger ??? Does this effect his rematch ? I wonder if there is video of this ??? that would be bad for Rampage no doubt

  • toxic says:

    Uh… yeah it probably does effect the rematch. Unless the gym at the state prison is really world class…

  • Troy says:

    What a fool!

    It is dangerous to assume, but I have to wonder if he was somehow intoxicated? First off to run from the cops with flat tire none the less, and then to try and run from a truck with his own picture on the side of it?

    Did I mention he is a fool?

  • Troy says:

    Let’s see how much of a double standard Dana will show? Jesse Taylor was basically suspended for 6 months for doing far less.

    If this is really the image Dana wants to avoid he better sack up and stick to his word or he loses all credibility.

  • Nate says:

    Darn it. MMA’s most entertaining fighter needs a vacation. This is just depressing.

  • Evan says:

    “Let’s see how much of a double standard Dana will show? Jesse Taylor was basically suspended for 6 months for doing far less.”

    Of course it is. Jesse doesn’t bring in PPV sales like Rampage. This is the way the world works.

  • laserline says:

    Dana re-boarded a plane and posted Rampage’s bail… say what you want about him but thats a classy move

  • woooburn says:

    giving martin lawrence a run for his money. will juanito petition the decision?

  • mo says:

    i don’t know, but i don’t think people need to jump all over Rampage just yet. It sounds like a bit of mass confusion, and a hit and run has got to be kind of scary, so maybe he panicked for a bit. not defending him, just saying wait until we hear a whole story before holding him accountable.

  • Evan says:

    Lesson learned from Leonard Garcia…lets wait and see.

  • Dbess says:

    what better way to get your mind off of affliction this saturday eh?

  • Eric says:

    This is a very strange story. There has to be more to it. I remember the last time I was driving my monster truck around town and hit a couple parked cars, I was flummoxed.

  • Wang Chung says:

    wow, this is some fucked up shit. how the hell are you going to be ballin’ like rampage and potentially risk it all for some retarded ass driving?

  • Eric says:

    #20 laserline-

    Where did you see that Dana posted his bail? Link please? Thanks.

  • mattman73 says:

    Are you serious don’t hold him accountable?

    Did you read the article?

    He fled after hitting two cars on the freeway and was running red lights and hit another car. There is pictures showing it’s him.

    How do you not hold him accountable?

    There is no set of circumstances that will justify what he did after hitting the first two cars on the freeway.

  • Patrick says:

    Confused? How can one blame this on confusion? Did he not notice the first vehicle he hit, or the second…maybe he overlooked the lights and sirens when drove on the sidewalk and continued from one road to another. I doubt you will be seeing him get his rematch anytime soon.

  • Okay now I’m REALLY confused.

    “According to Lt. Paul Dondero of the Costa Mesa Police Department, there were no indications of drug or alcohol use by Rampage Jackson at the time of his arrest. Despite the wild nature of his destructive actions, the Costa Mesa police do not believe intoxication by any narcotic or alcohol was a contributing factor.”

  • jaydog says:

    My guess it’s one of three things:
    1) He’s taking pain killers for his messed up leg and fell asleep at the wheel, wrecked, panicked, etc.
    2) He’s drowning his post-fight sorrows in XYZ substances (maybe legal ones) and wrecked, panicked, etc.
    3) Both 1 and 2


  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Not the news I wanted to wake up to.

    Holy shit.

  • king mah mah says:

    guess he will be taking another nine months off again! blaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

  • Kogepan says:

    PSA: Say no to drugs kids!

  • orlando says:

    damn forrest really screwed him up………

  • jaydog says:

    Wait, just read #30. WTF? There go all three of my theories.

    Maybe this goes back to Quinton’s anger mgmt issues. He played it cool after the fight, but you know he’s none to happy to have a country bumpkin white boy take his belt. Nothing like some police sponsored humiliation at gunpoint to resolve those issues.

  • Patrick says:

    Everything said, and all the internet jerk comments everyone has posted in here aside… I really hope Rampage gets through this and I wish him the best of luck, he’s very fortunate nobody was injured during this and I hope to see him back and 100% mentally and physically fighting again as soon as possible. Good luck Rampage, you’ve got fans man.

  • Captain_Reckless_Velocity says:

    Someone already made shirts.

  • Troy says:

    I am laughing at those that are coming up with excuses for Jackson, or saying he got scared and panicked. He has committed a felony, and if he does not serve time like every other average joe would then it will be a travesty.

    I like Jackson, and like his fights, but a crime is a crime, and no excuses.

  • laserline says:

    #27 Eric … MMA Junkie has it posted on their story as well as Kevin Iole from yahoo sports.

  • […] reports indicate that former UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, has been arrested by Costa Mesa police in California. There are several different versions of the events, but it all […]

  • HexRei says:

    @#38 I am laughing at those who have already tried and convicted Quinton based on a news story. You don’t know the whole story right now. If there are any mitigating circumstances, the court will figure it out, until then, can you just settle down and remember that we have the trial THEN we find the guy guilty?

  • justinoshi says:

    Quinton could easily see at least 2-3 years in prison with these multiple felony charges. Poor guy went out with a loss -not to mention losing his title- from really poor judge’s decisions. :(

  • double A-ron says:

    Atleast he only has one judges decision to worry about now. Like the comment about Juanito petitioning and #35

  • i drove past this on my way home and wondered what this was all about. i wonder if we will ever hear the whole story.
    none the less he’s gotta answer those charges. his sentence will depend on who he gets as a lawyer. who ever he hit is gonna sue him and thats whats going to cost him. too bad this situation took place

  • Nick Merra says:

    If the UFC keeps on having idiots like Rampage and Jesse Taylor into the fighter ranks, then the UFC will start going down hill. It never ceases to amaze me how many people out there are arogant enough to think the rules of society do not apply to them. There are lots of dead brain cell individuals like these two knuckleheads out there screwing up everyday…

  • JollyDV says:

    If found guilty, he will have a good lawyer and it will most likely be plead down to a misdemeanor since no one was hurt.He will have problems getting insurance in the future though. Whatever the reason, I hate to see this happen.

  • JollyDV says:

    Nick Merra “If the UFC keeps on having idiots like Rampage and Jesse Taylor into the fighter ranks, then the UFC will start going down hill.”

    What??? The value of the UFC is not founded on the personal lives of its fighters. Every single professional sport I can think of has members that have run-ins with the law. NFL,MLB,NASCAR,NBA, etc. The UFC is no different. Athletes are human, therefore they err. Rampage and Taylor are not the only UFC fighters to make mistakes, they just happened to be the most recent. Sure we hold them to a higher standard and expect them to always be role models, but let’s be real about it. Shit happens!!

  • wfopen says:

    You are right 46 shit happens! But stupid shit can be avoided with thinking lol

  • JBAR says:

    It’s bad but at least it isn’t Mike Tyson bad. Even if all of it is true nobody was hurt ( I think ) pay the fines and property damage and apologize for a moment of stupidity. All of us have had them.

  • Revjames13 says:

    Potential career suicide for Rampage. He could easily do time. No quick rematch means he won’t be Champ again anytime soon or ever. If and when he comes back and new guy could be Champ (Machida?) that he might not be able to beat anywhere near as easily as Forrest or possibly Chuck again.

    Effects his joker personality as well. He was kind of a one step ahead of the interviewers smart ass before, but he’ll likely be a lot more controlled and image conscious from now on. I’m not saying he should do serious time, everyone knows what it’s like to panic when you think you’ve fucked up, but he’s got enough money to just pay the fine and damage from hitting the first car, like a stand up guy. The fleeing the scene thing and doing more damage makes him look pretty bad. He’s damn lucky he didn’t hurt anyone and I think that fact that he could have is what will make him look the worst.

    I wish him well, but he’s gotta deal with The Man now. He’s out of the LHW picture for the time being, that’s for sure. He must have taken the lost to Forrest really badly. He was planning on being Champ for a long time and now he’s outta the game. Maybe he shouldn’t have taken him so lightly.

    It’s never a good sign when you drive a monster truck, I think.

    The new Rampage will be rockin’ a Prius.

  • mo says:

    well, just like Huckaby said at #30, this isn’t such a simple sitaution like all of the other messy professional athletes get into. THey say no sign of narcotics or alcohol, and it happened at 1:35 in the afternoon? I mean really, if he was all coked up or something they would have noticed and this would have been a lot more clear cut. I just think #23 brings up a good point as well, no need to completely rip him until we know the situation. it just does not seem like pure negilgence (like drug use would assume), and there is nothing to be gained here by Rampage. my thoughts are more like wemay see a psychiatric evaluation come out of this rather than jail time

  • DamonO says:

    I say publicity stunt and done on purpose


    There’s a lot more to the story. Rampage is not this stupid.

    Can you say “Fertitta Lawyers”?

    Either way, no worries. Even if he does do time for this it will be very little, depending on the circumstances of what really happened of course.

    Next topic…..

  • Gus says:

    According to he was medically unfit to be booked and is now in an O.C. hospital. But cops wouldnt say if he was high. Sucks, hope he doesnt get into too much trouble.

  • mike wolfe says:

    I’ve looked at the pictures several times, and in my opinion, the cops definitely won every round. Rampage lost this one fair and square.

  • Simon Cason says:

    Rampage has said all a long that he has or has had a temper/anger problem. Thats where his nickname came from. We all seen a taste of it on the show when Rampage’s team would lose and he would kind of lose it. This whole thing is sad and no one here is in any position to rush to judgement. Sanctimonial morons…

  • Simon Cason says:

    It seems like alot of people on here really dont know anything about Quinton. This all feels surreal. Rampage has said in the past that he found God and he’d cut out all of the bad shit in his life. Maybe a few demons are coming back from his past. He did go from being on top of the world being a UFC LHW champ, just to lose it to the guy who put the UFC back on the map. He also said he didn’t think he lost that fight. There is so much that we don’t know about this situation and Rampage for that matter. I just dont see where these idiots think they get off saying the shit they’ve said without know what really happened. I myself hate to see shit like this and I hope for the best for Quinton…

  • king mah mah says:

    Hey Patrick, what if you had kids playing outside during his felonious driving escapade? Would you wish him the best of luck then?

    I find it funny that time and time again we forget the seriousness of a situation just because of someones fame.

    If that was some no-name driving through your neighborhood, you would condemn him to prison, yet just because he happens to be a mma star you wish him the best of luck. Sounds strange to me.

    I don’t mean any disrespect, but just feel there is some kind of hipocrisy going on here. Hit me back.

  • stevefiji says:

    Rampage was obviously not of sound mind..TMZ showed pics of the tires…The dude was riding on rims, going the wrong way, colliding with multiple cars…The king mah mah #58 has it right… if this was any ‘local yocal’ and not a guy we all love, we’d want them in friggin jail for a loooong time.

    As I see it, the ONLY mitigating excuse he possibly has is pain killers, but if there is an once of alcohol or a smidge of drugs, this guy should be treated 100% the same. Many years ago in Boston, Charles Smith, a #11 or 12 guy on the Boston Celtics roster served more than 2 years in jail for a hit and run (while drunk), when two college co-eds died. I think everyone felt it should have been a helluva lot more, Celtic or no Celtic.

    Fortunately, no one here was hurt here, but Rampage, a guy who I really love to watch, should do time if the facts hold out as they are being reported. Again, what if everyone did this? That why there are laws and Dana, God love him, can’t smoke and mirror his way out of this one for Jackson. But, as bad as it looks now, let’s see all the facts before we jump to too many conclusions.

    I think we will end up seeing Rampage dumped by the UFC and he’ll end up with Affliction and when he gets out of jail, they will have him fight Babalu to see who is the toughest UFC deport. “The Choker vs The Vehicular Property Croaker”

    Cheers Mates

  • jackson187 says:

    All the details aren’t out yet, and I’ve read that he’s only been booked for “investigation”, he’s not guilty yet. What if somebody has something against Rampage and messed with his truck as an attempt on his life? They could’ve cut the brake line or started a slow leak in that busted tire that Rampage couldn’t control. The police report also said the first two collisions occurred on the freeway, so if something did go wrong with the vehicle where Rampage would’ve lost partial or total control, the speed the vehicle would be traveling at would be very difficult to stop. If brake control, steering control, or both were lost due to a malfunction or foul play, that could explain the sidewalk detours, additional collisions and failure to stop. Rampage’s personality also factors into things here. There is no reason to believe that the man isn’t playing when he says all that he’s about is the money. If Rampage had the criminal intent to go on this reckless driving spree, he must have been in some sort of altered state, because I don’t think he would let anything stand in the way between him and his bread.


  • xx2000xx says:

    Biggest MMA story since Randy split from the UFC.

    I know the punishment already, Rampage will fight Wanderlei next.

  • king mah mah says:

    @jackson187, i think you’re really reaching with your “what if” analogies.

    If he was totally innocent i don’t think he would be held with a $25,000 bond.

    They would know right off if there was a malfunction with the vehicle.

  • king mah mah says:

    @jackson187, i think you’re really reaching with your “what if” analogies.

    If he was totally innocent i don’t think he would be held with a $25,000 bond.

    They would know right off if there was a malfunction with the vehicle.

  • king mah mah says:

    didn’t mean to post twice,…sorry.

  • king mah mah says:

    Also, why was he on his cell phone?

  • double A-ron says:

    maybe that explains it all. he was on his cell

  • jamo says:

    umm this isnt good is it!??! the pressure of been a fighter and ex champion maybe got to him and for that moment he just cracked??? seeing him laid face down on the floor with police pointing a gun at him is a sad sight,glad he didnt hurt anyone seriously,and hope he is ok

  • Patrick says:

    “Hey Patrick, what if you had kids playing outside during his felonious driving escapade? Would you wish him the best of luck then?”

    He didn’t injure anyone, everything that happened has happened and nobody came out hurt except for some property damage which he’s more than able to cover. If I had kids outside during his escapade then my opinion still wouldn’t change because he didn’t hit any kids playing outside now did he?

    “I find it funny that time and time again we forget the seriousness of a situation just because of someones fame.”

    I am not forgetting the seriousness at all, in fact I understand that it’s very serious and that’s why I wish him the best of luck in the upcoming proceedings he will be enduring.

    “If that was some no-name driving through your neighborhood, you would condemn him to prison, yet just because he happens to be a mma star you wish him the best of luck. Sounds strange to me.”

    No I wouldn’t, don’t make random assumptions about people. If some “no-name” went on this kind of escapade through my neighborhood, and nobody was hurt and the situation was exactly the same minus the celeb thing, I would feel the exact same way except I wouldn’t tell the guy I was a fan of his or hope to see the guy fighting?

    “I don’t mean any disrespect, but just feel there is some kind of hipocrisy going on here. Hit me back.”

    No disrespect taken but there’s also not any hypocrisy in what I’m saying either.

  • AdamsFamily says:

    We all have pressures affecting our lives – I messed up years ago for something I still have to live with. Its just life, pure and simple. Wait untill the dust settles, all the information is digested then cast your sympathy/condemnation. Fame doesnt equal absolution.

  • Troy says:

    I agree with #68 entirely. People just want to defend him because they are fans (actually they are marks) and can’t see the forest through the trees (no pun intended). When the facts come out, and if he is found at fault, then he needs to pay the price everyone else would.

    I very much disagree with #59 saying it might be excusable if he was on pain killers. It is very clear that when on pain killers you are not to drive. Him making the choice to drive while possibly medicated is poor judgement and not tolerable. However, it is unknown what caused this chaos at this time.

  • Jimmy says:

    I still like him! Rampage didn’t loose me as a fan! I am sending positive thoughts his way!

  • jackson187 says:

    @king mah mah:
    Well I can reach all I want since all the facts aren’t out yet. Maybe the malfunction came from the after-market lift kit on the truck? Maybe it was improperly installed? I see you also mentioned him on his cellphone, maybe he was calling for help?

  • […] was originally arrested on Tuesday by Costa Mesa Police Department officials on charges of felony ev…. He was released on $25,000 […]

  • Ryan Seacrest says:

    Jackson187: If it was a “malfunction” of his truck, you would think that you would stop your car right? King Mah Mah…..You want freedom….I will give you freedom! You know what I am talking about huh? I will take the whammy burger!!!

  • Red Reaper says:

    There wasnt any malfunction with the viehicle, there are too many ways you can stop it from moving if you WANT TO, you tards, put it in neutral, brakes, emergency brakes, turn off the freakin key!!!!!!!

    Why wouldnt he stop?? if he wasnt on drugs or have something illegal in his system, he had no fear but a plain accident ticket.

    He wont serve time garanteed. I take offense to some moron behind the wheel that takes other peoples lives in their own hands. He could of killed some innocent little child with even a minor accident. Our lives are too precious to be taken so lightly. I value my family and my own life. I think he needs the book thrown at him along with anyone that would do this. I hope Dana kicks his ass out of the UFC, this is one sport I’m proud to watch. The good sportsmanship is evident at the end of almost every match. Keep the bar high and dont allow crap like this to tarnish a great sport. You screw up! your out! thats the only way to keep it as good as it is.


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