Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rampage vs Wanderlei Silva in November?

Josh Gross wrote a good article today for SI.com detailing the recent problems of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. In it he confirms the rumor that Jackson fired his trainer Juanito Ibarra following the loss to Forrest Griffin. It appears the exit was caused by money issues or maybe Rampage read my scathing review of Ibarra's lack of advice during the Griffin fight. Either way, the guy who Rampage credits with turning his fighting career around is no longer on his payroll.

Towards the end of the article, Gross mentions that if things continue to go well for Rampage, the UFC wants him to fight Wanderlei Silva in November. Whhhhhhaaaaaaat?

Yes, the UFC wants to put him in the ring with Wanderlei Silva four months after his mental breakdown. I'm hoping for Rampage's sake that Gross got this part wrong because if it is true, we might not see Rampage alive after that fight. He has fought Silva twice and been brutally beaten each time. Putting him in the ring with a bum that soon is a bad idea, let alone Wanderlei. But as we saw with the James Irvin situation, the UFC is willing to put their fighters into dangerous situations. All that seems to matter to them are PPV buys and TV ratings.

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