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Rampage Jackson Trashes Forrest Griffin; Will Return in November

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In an interview with Fighters Only Magazine, a UK publication, Rampage Jackson slammed Forrest Griffin:

...Regarding that fight, he says: "I just want my fans to know, I was at my worst, he was at his best - and I still beat him."

Jackson says that when he said [that he got his ass kicked], "I was being sarcastic, because I really could not believe that it went the way it did."

"I'm not a sore loser, shit happens.  But I was hoping that Forrest would be a man and come out and say 'you know what, I didn't win that fight,' especially after he watched it."

"...But now, I don't respect him as a man.  Because if it was me, I would have said, 'I have to give him a rematch right away, to remove all doubt.'"

I guess this is the beginning of the heat-up to their next fight.  if Jackson pleas down his charges to probation and some community service, could we see this fight sooner than later?  They sure are desperate for a November main event, but I don't know how willing they are to give Jackson a title shot given everything that just happened.

Kevin Iole interviewed Dana White for a new Yahoo Mailbag piece, and White confirmed that Jackson would return in November, but that they are still looking for an opponent:

But Jackson will fight, likely on the Nov. 15 card in Portland, Ore., and the charges won’t impede him.

“Of course he’ll fight,” White said. “If he was doing drugs, if he had been drunk, if he had gone out there and done what he did because he was pissed off at someone, that would be a completely different story. But he was ill. And in this company, we support our friends and anyone who works for us when they’re ill and have problems. He was ill, the incident occurred, and now he’s fine.

“Rampage feels awful about the woman’s baby, but he had nothing to do with it. And the (traffic incident) occurred because he was very ill and not with him in control of his faculties.”