While the precise condition and whereabouts of former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson are unknown, UFC President Dana White recently gave an indication that Jackson may have possibly spent the weekend in a mental health facility.
Initial indications were that Jackson would spend up to 72 hours under evaluation. According to a recent report by Yahoo! Sports’ Steve Cofield, White indicated that Jackson’s stay might have been extended.
“I think it’s going to be a while before we get him back,” said White during a guest appearance on Cofield’s ESPN Radio show in Las Vegas. “I’m talking as a friend. It’s a sensitive issue. Rampage, the UFC fighter, who cares about that. We’re concerned about Rampage, the human being. What matters is his personal life.”
While Jackson or a representative speaking on his behalf have yet to reveal what might have caused his outburst last week, White’s position with the UFC makes him a credible source. And apparently there were some strange behavior from Jackson in the days leading up to his arrest by Costa Mesa Police officials last week.
“He was up for four days and he was doing some crazy fasting thing,” White explained to Cofield. “He was up for four days, drinking water and energy drinks, that was it. It’s not good.”
White’s comments on the show also support information that suggest drugs and or alcohol had no role in Jackson’s behavior.
“Rampage doesn’t do drugs,” said White. “Rampage really doesn’t even drink. This whole thing made no sense to me. (Then) when I got there it made a lot of sense.”