Posted January 24, 2013

UFC under pressure to drop Rampage Jackson from Jan. 26 fight

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Advocacy groups want Quinton "Rampage" Jackson removed from his upcoming UFC fight. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

Advocacy groups want Quinton “Rampage” Jackson removed from his upcoming UFC fight. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

The UFC received a letter signed by various advocacy groups on Thursday calling for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to be dropped from an upcoming fight because of repeated comments made by him towards female reporters that the letter says is “denigrating” towards women. The letter also cites a video posted to YouTube in which Jackson demonstrates how to rape a woman in a parking garage.

The groups want Jackson to be removed from his Jan. 26 fight on Fox and said the UFC must hold its fighters accountable for their actions and adopt a “meaningful” code of conduct:

“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 letter also calls upon Fox executives and UFC sponsors to demand that Jackson be removed from the fight.

Athanasia Papaioannou, an Assistant Director of the University of Illinois Chicago Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, called Jackson’s comments and actions “appalling” and was one of many people to sign the letter:

“This is truly appalling and undermines the work we do every day.”

UFC President Dana White has yet to issue a statement on the matter.


10 comments
m.guszak
m.guszak

Did not see video, but I imagine he will soon go away after this fight, he is spent.

Ryan1
Ryan1

This is absurd and I agree with below, sounds like the culinary union.

 

Asking Fox to do this is fair, it is fair when they protest every game that Fox broadcasts featuring Big Ben, what about games with Ray Lewis, games with countless players with checkered pasts and questionable morality, particularly towards women.

 

Rampage was never accused of rape or sexual assault, if anything, he is being a accused of poor taste and going on a joy-ride while under the influence which had some dire consequences, but Donte Stallworth isn't getting boycotted.

Adamnan
Adamnan

I dont like Rampage at all, but that was a funny video.  It seems that the people filling the complaint have no sense of humour what so ever.

Howdy
Howdy

This smells like the work of the Culinary Union

Loki
Loki

what a bunch of stupid cows....it's his last fight...ignore him and he'll FINALLY go away...but instead, you geniuses want to make him and his comments front page news, which means more publicity and more money for him...this "pressure" makes him all the more valuable to UFC...it makes Road Rage relevant again...

ctlvictim
ctlvictim

this is a funny video, no women were used or harmed in the making of this video.  women have no business commenting on this comedy video.

Loki
Loki

 @Ryan1and Florida is one of many states that have laws that place the blame on the person who shouldn't have been there if the incident wouldn't have happened without their presence....drunk or not, Stallworth wouldn't have hit the guy if the guy was were he belonged...a sidewalk a half mile down the road.

 

Loki
Loki

 @Ryan1Stallworth manned up and accepted responsibility for something that was CLEARLY the fault of the pedestrian...drunk pedestrian running in front of a moving car when he was a half mile from the nearest place that pedestrians are allowed to be....no sidewalks, no crosswalks because people aren't supposed to be walking on the MacArthur Causeway...

 

JAIME_COR_ROD
JAIME_COR_ROD

 @Adamnan

 They have no sense of humor and they are just people seeking attention. They know mma is the worlds fastest growing sport and what better company than fox to go after as well

Loki
Loki

 @Ryan1that is just to point out that Stallworth COULD have easily beaten the charges. But instead, he acted like a man and accepted the punishment for something he could have gotten away with...he opted to NOT use the technicality that would have had the charges dismissed.