In his first public appearance since being arrested last month in California on hit and run charges, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, joined by UFC President Dana White and several other UFC fighters who will be in action tomorrow at UFC 87, took to the stage yesterday at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the public pre-UFC 87 press conference.
“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 wasnâ€™t drinking. He wasnâ€™t eating. He was drinking energy drinks,” said White at the press conference. “You saw what happened on TV, the problems that he had. They took him in for psychiatric evaluation for over 72 hours. What they came back with was that there was nothing wrong with him mentally, it was physically. He was exhausted. He had severe dehydration. And that caused something called delirium.”
“Iâ€™m already training, so my next opponent better watch out,” said Jackson. “…That was the worst mistake I ever made, I got Dana over my back all the time. â€˜Did you eat? Did you sleep? Drink your water?â€™ Itâ€™s like Iâ€™m two years old, but itâ€™s all good. I love Dana man. Heâ€™s the first one to really take care of me and show me love.”
With his physical problems apparently behind him and legal ones still looming ahead, White expects Jackson back in the octagon soon.
“Apparently they tell us heâ€™s over it now, said White. “He is healthy mentally and physically. He will be back in the UFC soon.”
Dana White’s latest vlog, which features “Rampage” and White at the pre-event press conference and autograph signing, is after the jump…