It seemed only fitting to close the book on this story by reverting back to the original, and quite obvious, joke that many thought was highly creative when Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson found himself in trouble with the law back on July 15, 2008.
Today the matter has seemingly come to a resolution as the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion plead guilty one misdemeanor count of reckless driving and one felony count of evading a peace officer and driving against traffic.
Rampage now awaits his sentencing that will not take place until January 7, 2010.
From MMA Weekly:
With the acceptance of the plea bargain, Jackson's sentencing will be deferred to Jan. 7, 2010. If he meets the requirements of the plea bargain, the felony count will be dismissed and he will only be sentenced for the misdemeanor. If he fails to meet the requirements of his plea bargain, he will be charged and sentenced on both counts.
It appears highly unlikely now that Quinton Jackson will receive any jail time for his reckless behavior, as long as he meets the requirements laid out before him. These terms includeÂ 200 hours of community service aimed at young people, regular doctor's appointments and bimonthly progress reports for the district attorney's office.
This can be seen as good news for the UFC, Rampage Jackson, and all of his fans. Though his actions were quite reckless and most certainly endangered the lives of others, it is believed that he was suffering from some form of mental breakdown at the time. It should be noted that no illegal substances whatsoever were found in his system.Â
Needless to say it is great to know that Rampage can now focus on maintaining his mental well-being and focusing on his fighting career. After his destruction of Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92 it is believed that he might be in for a chance to regain his title sometime in early 2009.Â
However, the question remains: Does the punishment fit the crime..?
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