Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Controversy Puts Fight In Jeopardy

Why women's groups want the MMA fighter pulled from his last UFC fight this Saturday.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Women's advocacy groups are protesting Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's last fight due to a 'how to' rape video that recently resurfaced in which Jackson starred in.

The video, titled 'Rampage Jackson – How To Pick Up A Gurl – Fast' was shot last April, but reappeared on Youtube recently. Jackson makes light of sexual assault in the video by attempting at what looks like a spoof how-to video on how to rape a woman in a parking garage. Not classy.

The letter from the advocacy groups, representing Chicago women, local groups and national organizations, is being sent to the UFC, FOX execs and UFC sponsors, "demanding the cage fighting franchise and television network immediately drop" Jackson from his Saturday night fight against Glover Teixeira.

Via The Chicago Tribune: "Sharmili Majmudar, executive director of Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, said she and other activists came out with a letter of opposition Thursday because Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the man in the video, is about to fight on Chicago turf."
The letter declares: "The UFC must begin holding its fighters accountable for their actions and adopt a meaningful code of conduct…The behavior of Rampage Jackson, UFC President Dana White and other UFC fighters is unacceptable. Misogynistic and sexist behavior can no longer be tolerated in the UFC."

The UFC hasn't disciplined Jackson yet in any way, that we know of. However, it should be noted that that Miguel Torres — another pro fighter — was dropped from the league in 2011 after making an inappropriate rape joke on Twitter. He was reinstated after apologizing.

UFC chief operating officer, Lawrence Epstein, told The Tribune, "Jackson will 'absolutely' fight Saturday. He also said that officials made it clear to Jackson and his manager that his behavior in the video was inappropriate.

Jackson also has a sponsorship deal with Reebok. Many are concerned that partnership could now be in jeopardy.

Below is the video. You decide: does it go too far?


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