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'Rampage' to face up to 3 years in jail if convicted

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was officially charged Monday with two felonies and four misdemeanors for his wild car chase on July 15. If convicted, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion will face up to three years in prison.

Jackson was charged with felonies of evading while driving recklessly and evading a peace officer. He also faces misdemeanors of hit and run (3 counts) and driving recklessly.

Jackson, with the support of the UFC, will continue to compete until his case goes to court.

"Of course he'll fight," UFC President Dana White told Yahoo! Sports. "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."

Jackson, who lost his UFC light-heavyweight title on July 5, was arrested July 15 afternoon after leading the police on a wild car chasein California through Cosa Mesa to Newport Beach.

Jackson hit two cars turning off the 55 Freeway into Newport Boulevard and sped away when a police driver tried to pull him over for driving with a blown tire and talking on a cellphone. Jackson struck more cars while continuing to evade the police and almost hit pedestrians when he drove onto the sidewalk. Jackson ran through several red lights before finally surrendering to the police under gunpoint.

Jackson was transported to the Costa Mesa City Jail where he was booked for felony evading, reckless driving and hit and run. He was released on $25,000 bail by UFC President Dana White.

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