- RAMPAGE JACKSON PLEADS NOT GUILTY

August 28, 2008
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by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The ongoing saga of former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson continued in court on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to the felony counts of evading police, reckless driving and hit and run.

The report comes from TMZ.com who also states that Jackson’s next court appearance is currently scheduled for Nov. 3, which is less than two weeks away from the proposed date of his next fight, still rumored for Nov. 15.

Jackson was arrested in July after a police chase that landed the former champion in jail before being released on $25,000 bond.

UFC President Dana White addressed Jackson’s mindset at the time of the occurrence during the events of UFC 87 in Minnesota earlier this month.

“Rampage lost the fight to Forrest Griffin. He hung out in Vegas for a week. He was hanging out by the pool and he was fasting. He wasn’t drinking; he wasn’t eating. He was drinking energy drinks,” explained White.

Jackson was formally charged on Monday with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage, and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

If convicted, Jackson faces up to three years in prison.

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