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Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson pleads not guilty to charges

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was again in court today, pleading not guilty to all six charges that were handed down earlier this week in regard to his delirium-fueled, police-chase motor vehicle escapade that took place last month in California.

The 30-year-old Tennessee native faces two felony counts (evading while driving recklessly and evading a peace officer and driving against traffic) and four other misdemeanors. If convicted on all counts Jackson faces a three-year maximum prison sentence.

Jackson is free on a $25,000 bond; however, he has two upcoming court hearings already set up for October 3 and November 9. There's no telling if either of those dates will interfere with his possible next appearance inside the Octagon at UFC 91 in Portland, Ore., on November 15.

After the arraignment, the born again Christian spoke to the Orange-County Register and provided more context behind his bizarre behavior. He was essentially on a mission from God.

Here's a snip

"I thought I heard the voice of God telling me to go save Brian. I felt if I didn't get to Brian, he would die.... What was I thinking? l know now that Brian was never in danger.… But I really thought at the time that he was about to die."

Jackson also revealed that a "betrayal" of someone close to him who he caught cheating him out of money -- someone he considered a father figure -- triggered the sleepless energy-drink bender that eventually led to the chase.

He refused to name a name; however, Jackson split with long-time trainer and mentor, Juanito Ibarra, prior to the incident. He now trains primarily at Wolfslair Academy in the United Kingdom.

For more on this issue feel free to check out our Quinton "Rampage" Jackson archive right here -- everything you need to get up to speed on this story can be found there.

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