The details of Quinton "Rampage" Jackon’s arrest Tuesday have spread across the globe as both mainstream media and the MMA world are reporting the gritty details of the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s brush with the law.
Yahoo!Sports.com writers Kevin Iole and Dave Meltzer, two of the most connected and influential mainstream journalists covering MMA, wrote that Dana White, UFC president, flew to California to post Jackson’s $25,000 bail.
He apparently posted bail this morning; however, there are no details at this time as to who sprung him.
The fact that Jackson was driving a 2008 Ford F-350 with his own picture on the side has ensured the media will have a field day. Even if the incident did not involve a recognizable celebrity, the facts would make news of the weird items across the country.
The Associated Press version of the story ran in at least 85 newspapers in the United States and beyond this morning.
It notes the 30-year-old fighter was booked into Orange County Jail for investigation of felony evading, hit and run and reckless driving.
The arrest came after Costa Mesa, Calif., police saw Jackson’s truck, complete with his image and logos for one of his main sponsors, Toyo Tires, involved in numerous collisions. During the five-minute chase, it has been reported, he also drove on the sidewalk and thee wrong side of the road.
Jackson was taken into custody at gunpoint. An image first posted by TMZ.com shows the fighter laying on the pavement as police approach.
Nobody was injured.
Jackson dropped a controversial decision to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 in Las Vegas only 11 days ago. The Irvine, Calif., fighter earned about $300,000 in that fight.
Check out the arrest video of Rampage after the jump, as well as a video interview that Rampage conducted just one day prior to the incident. He seems a bit off.
Day before arrest: