Carlos Arias has a new column now available on the web site for the Orange County Register. Arias recently attended the media days for both Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dan Henderson.
While at Jackson’s camp, Arias spoke with his trainer, Juanito Ibarra. The topic of Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s addition to the UFC was brought up as were Rampage’s losses to both. While Ibarra doesn’t outright accuse the former Chute Boxe teammates of using steroids, he comes pretty damn close.
I asked Juanito about the recent additions of Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to the UFC. Silva beat Rampage twice and Rua also holds a victory over him. Those fights were held in the PRIDE ring in Japan. Juanito said he believes Silva and Rua had “extra help” when they fought Rampage. He didn’t spell out exactly what that extra help was. But our conversation quickly turned to the fact there was no athletic commission or steroid testing when they fought in Japan. Juanito said the outcome will be much different when they meet in the U.S.
That’s some pretty strong stuff from Ibarra. Am I reading too much into this? Well, then what “extra help” could he be referring to?
There’s also some talk about Jackson possibly starring in his own reality TV show. Negotiations with multiple networks are already taking place, according to Arias.
Juanito said he wants Rampage to take a six-month break after the Henderson fight, which will be his third fight of the year. Juanito said he is shopping a Rampage reality show, which is being bid on by MTV, Spike and A&E. Rampage also is getting offers for role sin movies.
This show is long overdue because it would be a great way to market Jackson as a multi-media star. The show could make up for the UFC’s lack of promotional push behind Jackson.