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Quinton Rampage Jackson charged; faces three-year prison sentence

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has had his first day in Orange County, Calif., court for a bizarre incident in which he was involved after his unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86: "Jackson vs. Griffin" back in July.

The Tennessee native -- who was booked for several motor vehicle infractions, including reckless driving -- faces two felony charges and four misdemeanors for the incident.

If he's found guilty on all charges the maximum sentence he can receive is three years in prison.

The good news is that Jackson has been cleared of any criminal charges relating to the miscarriage one of the victims endured just days after everything went down.

Here's the skinny from

"... Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been charged with six crimes in connection with the epic car chase in the O.C. The Orange County District Attorney has charged Rampage with one felony count of evading while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading a peace officer, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run, and one misdemeanor reckless driving.... If convicted he'll face three years in prison.... He was NOT charged with DUI. And, a few days after the incident, a pregnant woman in the car he hit on the freeway lost her baby, but Rampage was not charged for that after an investigation revealed that the miscarriage was unrelated to the accident."

UFC President Dana White and the promotion have been behind Jackson ever since the charges were leveled. In fact, White beelined it to California on his private jet to bail out Jackson immediately following the arrest.

His bizarre behavior, which included another brush with authorities just days after the arrest, has been attributed to a bout of "delirium" caused by a lack of sleep and an overabundance of energy drinks.

Jackson also split from his long-time trainer, Juanito Ibarra, which may or may not have been a contributing factor behind the initial "rampage."

He emerged from relative obscurity on UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" weekend earlier this month, claiming that he is indeed fine and is eager to return to competition.

There's no telling if his upcoming court dates will interfere with those plans. Jackson would like to return to the Octagon before the 2008 fight campaign expires.

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(Thanks to reader "kevin" for the assist.)

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