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Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and Juanito Ibarra settle legal disputes

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Former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz have settled their long-standing legal dispute with former Jackson trainer Juanito Ibarra, according to a press release issued Thursday. In 2009, Ibarra filed suit in Los Angeles, California against both Jackson and Ortiz for various public statements alleging Ibarra had stolen from Jackson and otherwise used Jackson for personal aggrandizement in the course of his role as Jackson's manager.

"In 2008, I gave an interview to Punch Drunk Gamer entitled 'Wherever I may roam.....I want the Title.' In that interview, I made several statements including the allegation that Juanito Ibarra was a thief who had mismanaged the finances and stolen from and taken advantage of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson," Ortiz said in the release.

"I made these remarks based on what Rampage had told me. After several years in court and review of all the available records, I realize that Mr. Jackson and I were wrong. Juanito didn't steal from or take advantage of Rampage and he didn't mismanage Rampage's money‑it was all accounted for. I regret the effect my words had on Juanito's life. Juanito is a trainer and manager of superior skills and the fact is, he helped to make Rampage a champion. Anyone would be blessed to be taught by Juanito.  So there is no confusion, and so the public and the MMA, boxing and sports community at large know, I retract all of the negative statements, inferences and accusations that I directed at Juanito and sincerely apologize to Juanito and his family. I am grateful to have ended my dispute with Juanito and look forward to refocusing on building a better MMA community with him."

The release also states Ibarra filed a second, related lawsuit in October of 2012, also related to statements made by Jackson and Ortiz related to the ethics of Ibarra's management of Jackson. Trial was set for June 22, 2015.

"Juanito Ibarra and I have resolved the lawsuits that have been pending for a number of years," Jackson said in a released statement. "While we have had our differences in the past, it is all now behind us. Some things were said in the past, which I now retract and I am deeply sorry that they were said. I wish nothing but the best for Juanito in all of his future endeavors and know that he will continue to do the Lord's work."

"I'm glad our differences have been resolved," Ibarra is quoted as saying. "I wish Rampage and Tito the best."

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