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Old 03-10-2009, 05:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Despite every assurance made during Saturday night’s UFC 96 pay-per-view broadcast, UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans doesn’t believe Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be standing across the Octagon to face him at UFC 98 on May 23.

“As I learned, ‘Rampage’ might need time off,” Evans told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show on Monday. “It’ll probably be Lyoto Machida, but I haven’t gotten a confirmation on that.”

Jackson, who earned a hard-fought decision over Evans’ teammate Keith Jardine in the main event on Saturday, told reporters afterward that he needed time to evaluate the May title bout offered to him that night before he’d give his answer.

The 30-year old Memphis, Tenn., native lost the belt to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 last July. Evans then took it from Griffin at UFC 92 in December.

Tensions rose on Saturday night when Evans (13-0-1) entered the cage to trade barbs with Jackson seconds after his victory. Evans said he knew then that Jackson (30-7) might not be up to snuff for a May encounter.

“I don’t know. I’ve just got that feeling,” said Evans. “Just listening to him when we were in the ring talking he was kind of like, ‘Yeah man you’re lucky I wasn’t 100 percent’ and he started making excuses and I was thinking like it sounds like an excuse-fest is about to happen, so I know he ain’t going to take no fight with me. He’s making excuses now.”

Evans was actually surprised the standoff became as heated as fast as it did.


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to meet Lyoto Machida.“I didn’t expect any of that, man,” said Evans. “I was just going to do the face-off and what not but then he started talking trash. I wasn’t even in the mood to play or joke around, I just saw one of my best friends lose a fight which I had him winning until the last 10 seconds. I see the hurt in [Jardine’s] eyes and he’s so upset and he’s disappointed and I feel, like, bad for him. Then this dude is bumpin’ his gums at me, and honestly, I really wanted to punch him in his face, but I knew that wasn’t the right time to do that so I just tried to stay as composed as possible because I don’t like to talk trash. Whenever I got into a street fight I never talked -- I just hit. I never liked to be in someone’s face that close just talking.”

There is a certain double standard in the war of words leading up to the Evans-Jackson showdown that hasn’t escaped the 29-year-old champion. Evans consistently catches heat for his antics in and out of the cage, while Jackson seems to be applauded for it.

“You know what, I can’t understand it either,” said Evans. “I can’t understand it either man. I try not to. There was a time where it really bothered me and ate at me and I was like, ‘I don’t understand.’ I’m in the arena and everyone is booing me. And that’s so funny because everyone is in here booing at me, but I just spent about two hours signing autographs. So who the hell is booing at me, you know what I’m saying? Who’s booing at me? It’s just so contradictory to everyone that comes to speak to me. I always treat everyone with respect. Yet everyone still boos. They don’t like me. But that’s OK. Everybody has a cross to bear in life and maybe that’s my cross to bear. I don’t have to be popular in life, as long as I know who I am then that’s OK.”

Evans will probably have other things to ponder in short turn, most likely the conundrum that is Machida (14-0), a fighter whose style perplexes opponents more often than not.

“The kid’s been phenomenal,” said Evans. “He’s been better than phenomenal. He’s been looking better every fight. But that’s the fight business. That’s the fun part about a fight is the fact that you go in there with an opponent that sometimes seems insurmountable. But then you figure it out and that makes the victory that much sweeter. With that said, there may be some kinks in his armor that I have yet to see that I can exploit when I look at the tapes more closely. Nobody’s unbeatable. Machida’s been looking slicker than I don’t know what, but everybody has a weakness even if you do look slick as oil. Everyone has a weakness.”

Evans said he’s a lock to expose weaknesses on May 23, though if it will be Jackson or Machida’s shortcomings remains to be seen.
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God i hope so, rashad has nothing but respect for Machida, good to hear
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im getting tired of Rashad allready. I cant wait for him to the title so he can fade out of the spotlight. Rampage wasn't making any excuses it was the freakin truth. AND I HATE RAMPAGE! How can he expect someone to want to commit to a title fight that would be just 2 months or so away after a fight that goes the distance.

That would give rampage ZERO R&R time and he would immediatel have to start training again and really it wouldnt even be a full camp for him. Evans needs to shut his mouth efore he gets his jaw broke off by Quintons big hook. The dude acts like he is the toughest dude out their and he's not.

Sorry but he was losing a fight to Chuck Liddell and got a flash knockout and then was losing even worse to Forrest Griffin and capitalised on Griffins mistake. But other than that he hasn't done shit IMO.

He got completely outpointed by Ortiz and would have lost a unanimous decision if BigJohn hadn't helped him out in that one. The only other notable thing he did was eat and undersized Michael Bisping his is really mediocre anyways.

Im sorry to hate but you cant come in talking this kind of shit when youve only got to names that make up your claim to fame. Rampage has trashed fighters that would tear Rashad to pieces IMO and Rashad simply needs to learn some respect.

Dont like either guy much but have gained alot of Respect for Quinton after the Jardine fight and I hope he woops Rashads ass when he gets the chance be it in 2 months or 1 year from now.

And all of that aside if Machida gets into the ring with Rashad he will expose his weaknesses and just make Rashad look like Garbage. I actually have Machida by TKO early in the 2nd if this fight happens.
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Im getting tired of Rashad allready. I cant wait for him to the title so he can fade out of the spotlight. Rampage wasn't making any excuses it was the freakin truth. AND I HATE RAMPAGE! How can he expect someone to want to commit to a title fight that would be just 2 months or so away after a fight that goes the distance.

That would give rampage ZERO R&R time and he would immediatel have to start training again and really it wouldnt even be a full camp for him. Evans needs to shut his mouth efore he gets his jaw broke off by Quintons big hook. The dude acts like he is the toughest dude out their and he's not.

Sorry but he was losing a fight to Chuck Liddell and got a flash knockout and then was losing even worse to Forrest Griffin and capitalised on Griffins mistake. But other than that he hasn't done shit IMO.

He got completely outpointed by Ortiz and would have lost a unanimous decision if BigJohn hadn't helped him out in that one. The only other notable thing he did was eat and undersized Michael Bisping his is really mediocre anyways.

Im sorry to hate but you cant come in talking this kind of shit when youve only got to names that make up your claim to fame. Rampage has trashed fighters that would tear Rashad to pieces IMO and Rashad simply needs to learn some respect.

Dont like either guy much but have gained alot of Respect for Quinton after the Jardine fight and I hope he woops Rashads ass when he gets the chance be it in 2 months or 1 year from now.

And all of that aside if Machida gets into the ring with Rashad he will expose his weaknesses and just make Rashad look like Garbage. I actually have Machida by TKO early in the 2nd if this fight happens.
Honestly, wtf are you talking about. Im not a fan of either Rampage or Rashad but that post you just submitted was just fkn rediculous.

1. I do agree that he was trash talking Rampage, and im sure we are going to see a lot of it if this fight happens, so deal with it.

2. Im a HUGE chuck Liddell fan and a Forrest fan, but im not making excuses for Chuck, Rashad had a gameplan and it worked perfectly, only way to say it. Also it wasn't Forrest's mistake, it was Rashad's pickup. He was the one who caught the kick and rocked Forrest. If they fought again i think Forrest can win, but he still lost the fight.

3. Tito was warned, and he grabbed that fence 100%. For all we know Rashad couldve got the TD and one that round 10-9, winning the fight, no point making excuses for fkn Tito.

4. He did beat Bisping, but he also showed some violent GnP against Lambert, an awesoem HK KO against Salmon and has also beaten Jardine (albeit TUF 2) and Stephan Bonnar, whether you like him or not he has a very impressive list.

So anyway, i have as much reason to hate Rashad as you do, but he's the champ and deserves respect.

I also think Machida will beat Rashad
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Honestly, wtf are you talking about. Im not a fan of either Rampage or Rashad but that post you just submitted was just fkn rediculous.

1. I do agree that he was trash talking Rampage, and im sure we are going to see a lot of it if this fight happens, so deal with it.

2. Im a HUGE chuck Liddell fan and a Forrest fan, but im not making excuses for Chuck, Rashad had a gameplan and it worked perfectly, only way to say it. Also it wasn't Forrest's mistake, it was Rashad's pickup. He was the one who caught the kick and rocked Forrest. If they fought again i think Forrest can win, but he still lost the fight.

3. Tito was warned, and he grabbed that fence 100%. For all we know Rashad couldve got the TD and one that round 10-9, winning the fight, no point making excuses for fkn Tito.

4. He did beat Bisping, but he also showed some violent GnP against Lambert, an awesoem HK KO against Salmon and has also beaten Jardine (albeit TUF 2) and Stephan Bonnar, whether you like him or not he has a very impressive list.

So anyway, i have as much reason to hate Rashad as you do, but he's the champ and deserves respect.

I also think Machida will beat Rashad
Dude i agree he won against Chuck and Forrest but he was still getting beat for the main part of each fight. Im not taking away from it cause plain and simple he won but those are still his only two claim to fames.

Tito did get warned but all that aside reardless of the points getting taken away he was pretty much handed his ass in that fight.

And since when did Lambert and Salmon become a big addition to anyones records? Neither guy has looked even decent in a long ass time.

Ive never been impressed with Bonnar and he hasn't given me reasons to think i should be lately. Sure he showed heart against Forrest bu thats about it.

And to be honest i havent seen TUF 2 and its entirety so i dont know how the Jardine fight went. Im guessing by laying on him the whole time right?

Eitherway that was an exhibition match and only 2 rounds long. Im not saying Rashad isn't talented im saying nothing in his history warrants him getting into the ring after the ex champs victory and talking smack to him when rampage has fought and beaten so many more names than he has.

My post may be oppinionated but it doesnt mean it's not true. Im not debating annything youve said but fact is he needs to learn some respect. So why was my post ridicuous? because you disagree with some of my oppinions?

Its just plain and simple fact that Rashad doesnt have the history in the game that Rampage has and thats all im saying. It's respect dude plain and simple.

Even if you were to include Jardine in his list of big names it only makes 3 because I refuse to except Salmon and Lambert as impressive wins. Lambert has gone down in weight and Salmon has dissolved into obscurity.

Now take into consideration that Jardine was still young in his career and evelopin at the time and it was a 2 round fight and you may aswll not include it at all which leaves us again with his wins over Chuck and Forrest.

Now im no sure about Chuck because of age and speed but I think Forrest would take this in a rematch same as you.
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I still think you arent giving Rashad enough credit. With the Salmon and Lambert points, i wasnt talking about who he had defeated but in the manner, both devastating. I also don't think he needs to show respect to Rampage, if rampage dissed him, then he has the right to bite back. Hell, if anything Rampage should respect Rashad because HE is the champ. You are talking about Rampage beating the whose who list, but Rashad got the title by doing something that Rampage couldn't, beating Forrest. If you said this stuff before the Chuck fight i wouldve totally agreed with you, casue i didnt really see anyway of Rashad winning that fight, but he has proven to grow leaps and bounds, especially in his last 2 fights, and i personally feel you aren't givign him enough respect for that.

And also with the chuck fight, he may have lost the 1st round, but he was tagging chuck badly up until the KO, so i really wouldnt consider him losing that one as he was getting the better of the stand up anyway, but the Forrest one was a whole different story
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I like Rashad, but imo he wont beat either Machida or Jackson. Imo he lost the Bisping fight and it could have gone either way but then thats not relevant. With the Forrest and Liddel fight, he did what he had to do. He lost the first two rounds to forrest but then in a 5 round fight loosing two rounds does not meean you have lost the fight, it means you either gotta win the next three rounds or finish the guy off which he did and against Liddel, well liddel got ko'd as a result of a good punch by Evans. He stayed out of Liddels range and when he had a chance he took it.

I think Rashads time is up personally, i think both Machida and jakcson have the tools to beat him and think either will do so at ufc 98
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Rashad is obviously upset with Rampage, it's not like he's making up excuses for not having to fight Evans. But I honestly think Rashad would beat Quinton... Machida is the worse matchup for him imo.

And I think it would make sense if Machida fought for the title next. Rampage has been so busy lately that he easily could take some time off and not even fight before the winner of Evans vs Machida is ready to defend the title.
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The scenerio is going to be simple if you ask me:

Machida beats Rashad in may, then Machida beats Jackson in august or september, then Jackson Vs Evans co-headlines the big "end of the year" event with a title defense from someone as the main event, while Machida defends again early next year against Chuck, Forrest, or Shogun...

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Okay even I'll admit my Machida nuthugging is getting out of control, but I still think this is how it will play out.
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My head is spinning about this title match. My Rashad needs to find out who he is facing and quick. Rashad has a LOT to get through. I love my Rashad but even I have to admit that he will be facing incredibly difficult opponents in Jackson and Machida. I know before I said that I was more worried about Rashad facing Rampage than Machida, but I have since changed my mind. Rampage can be easily studied, and Rashad being as cerebral as he is can figure out Rampage as quick as the end of the first round.

Machida, I hate to say it, is another calibre of a fighter than Rampage. Not necessarily better, but very different and unique. He is incredibly complex to decipher and Rashad probably won't have him figured out until 3rd or 4th round which could be a bit too late by then. BUT...I have faith in Rashad and if ANYONE can beat Machida right now it's him. If he manages to get through both Jackson and Machida....I will rate him as the number 1 MMA Fighter of the past 10 years...seriously.
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The scenerio is going to be simple if you ask me:

Machida beats Rashad in may, then Machida beats Jackson in august or september, then Jackson Vs Evans co-headlines the big "end of the year" event with a title defense from someone as the main event, while Machida defends again early next year against Chuck, Forrest, or Shogun...

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Okay even I'll admit my Machida nuthugging is getting out of control, but I still think this is how it will play out.

I understand the nuthugging and your honesty about it but you need to remember that Rashad Evan is too undeafeated like your boy Machida. And there is a reason for that...a damn goood reason. Rashad is just as big a test for Machida as Machida is for Rashad.
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