More details have emerged in regard to the condition of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson prior to his Tuesday arrest on felony charges of evading, hit-and-run and reckless driving.
Throwdown.com, one of Jackson’s sponsors, conducted an interview with Jackson in the hours preceding his arrest. The Daily Pilot is indicating that representatives of the company stated that hours before his arrest that they watched his upset loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 with him. According to the report, it was the first time Jackson had reviewed the footage.
On Monday, Jackson had met with representatives of Throwdown TV in what was his final interview before his Tuesday arrest. Many fights fans have watched that video and have speculated that Jackson was not in a proper state of mind during the course of the interview.
Gary Alexander is a host with Throwndown TV and conducted the interview. After reading comments on Five Ounces of Pain in which people speculated about Jackson’s mental condition during the interview, Alexander contacted us to offer his perspective.
His account of the interview also contradicted the Daily Pilot’s report which indicated that Jackson watched the Griffin footage the same day of his arrest. According to Alexander, Throwdown met with Jackson the day prior.
“We were with Quinton all day on Monday,” Alexander stated via e-mail while speaking exclusively with Five Ounces of Pain. “We’ve known him for some time due to Throwdown’s sponsorship of him. We watched the Griffin fight with him and he told us that it was the first time that he’s watched the fight in it’s entirety. He analyzed the fight, pointed out what he did wrong and what he needed to change in the future. He was in good spirits all day, happy and was taking the recent loss to Griffin in stride. He was looking forward to training again, modifying his training to improve himself, cleaning up his diet and moving forward. We did not observe Quinton (as he has been recently described by the public & media) as ‘depressed’ or ‘unhappy.’ He was his normal joking, jovial happy self. We wish him the best and we will continue to support him 100%. He is and always will be part of the Throwdown family.”
Alexander also revealed that an explanation for Jackson’s perceived low-energy demeanor could have to do with the fact that he awoke from a nap shortly before the commencement of the interview.