Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his manager Juanito Ibarra are being sued by White Chocolate Management (WCM) and its president, Reed Wallace.
MMAFightline.com has obtained a copy of the lawsuit (click here to view it) in which Wallace is seeking $10,000,000 in damages stemming from allegations made by White Chocolate Management which state that Juanito Ibarra “bad mouthed” the popular management company and blocked deals brought to him by WCM with the intent of pursuing those deals at a later date without the involvement of WCM.
“Rampage has lost literally millions of dollars in deals that Juanito [Ibarra] just sent away because he didn’t want someone else taking credit for those deals,” Wallace explained. “Juanito tried to go back to those companies and do the deals on his own and it just didn’t work out. I know of two of [these deals] that he’s still working on right now and one of these deals is a deal whereby Juanito will only agree to allow the deal to happen with Rampage if the company in question agrees to do a deal with him personally as well.”
Ibarra was unresponsive to inquiries seeking comment but has told multiple sources, including Sherdog.com, that WCM does not have a management contract with Rampage, instead stating that WCM has a “non-exclusive sponsorship” contract with the light heavyweight champion.
However, Wallace maintains that he signed a personal entertainment management contract with Rampage and that Juanito and his lawyers were the ones that drafted the agreement.
“It’s available by court/public record as an exhibit to the lawsuit… he needs to stop lying,” said Wallace.
Wallace also said that he’s received calls and emails from numerous parties that have themselves been burned by Ibarra.
“As a result of the lawsuit, we are getting many calls and emails from people that Juanito has burned or slandered and he uses Rampage as leverage to benefit himself. That’s not the way to do business but then again, he’s a cut man and trainer, not a manager. This will all come out in court.”
Wallace has hired Attorney Robert Hantman who clarified WCM’s position further in a prepared statement which states that WCM is willing to drop the suit provided that Ibarra and Quinton Jackson will, “let White Chocolate do its job without interference and honor his contract. The alternative is to go the distance. The decision is his.”