MMA Junkie was able to speak with Juanito Ibarra regarding Rampage Jackson’s current situation today and while he didn’t say anything mindblowing, it is nice to hear from the man considering he’s been a ghost since after the Forrest Griffin fight:
“I’m devastated by what he’s been through and some of the things I’ve heard,” said Ibarra. “I’ve not sat down with Quinton to this day to discuss things. I pray for his well-being, and if I helped Quinton out a little bit with his growth in the sport, then I’ve been very blessed and honored to do that. I love this kid with all my heart, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
“I’m not going to get in to storytelling. … It’s not what I’m about,” Ibarra told MMAjunkie.com. “I haven’t sat down with Quinton Jackson, and I’m not going to hear things through sources and through people. This is a kid I’ve been with for almost four years. I have nothing but love and support for him. All I want for Quinton right now is what’s best for him. Whatever he needs from me in any way, I’m here for him and always have been.”
The report goes on to say that Ibarra declined to comment on his relationship with Jackson at the current moment. According to a report from Josh Gross at Sports Illustrated last week, Ibarra and Jackson had split ways following the loss to Griffin but either side has yet to confirm the split.