Rashad Evans

Quote of the Day II: Evans Disappointed, Would Fight Rampage for Free

Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“I’d be disappointed not to fight him. It would be a good fight, a fun fight, but mostly because he talked trash. He got me really angry, and I want to fight him just because of that alone. It’s a fight that people want to see. You get your mind wrapped up, and you get your mind so psyched up about fighting a fighter, and then it doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing.
That’s why I hate making a fight personal. At the end of the day, we’re professional athletes, and we get paid to do a job. But when you get to fight someone you really want to fight, that’s like a bonus. You’d almost do it for free. I would have loved to punch him in the face for free.”

— Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans tells Yahoo! Sports that if it were up to him, he wouldn’t mind fighting fellow “TUF 10” coach Quinton “Rampage” Jackson free of charge now that Jackson has opted to retire from the sport in order to focus on acting.

UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture

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A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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The Ultimate Fighter 10: Meet The Heavyweights

The Ultimate Fighter 10 premieres on Wednesday, September 16 following the live broadcast of UFC Fight Night 19 featuring Melvin Guillard vs. Nate Diaz. The Ultimate Fighter 10 will include coaches Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans along with established heavyweights Kimbo Slice, Roy Nelson, and Wes Sims.

Evans Not Yet Informed of Potential Rampage Fight Postponement

Rashad Evans.  Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

With each passing day, the rumors concerning Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s possible withdrawal from his UFC 107 bout against fellow “TUF 10” coach Rashad Evans seem to be picking up steam. If the news is true, Evans has yet to know about it.

Evans’ manager, Jervis Cole of Cole Blooded Management, told MMA FanHouse on Sunday that his client has yet to be informed of any change to his scheduled matchup against Jackson. Neither the UFC or Jackson have commented on the situation.

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ESPN’s MMA Live Covers Affliction’s Collapse

From ESPN.com, here’s this week’s installment of “MMA Live” with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and former UFC champion Rashad Evans.

The Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast Preview

Rampage, Evans Tapped as “TUF 10” Coaches

Former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans face off following Jackson’s win over Evans’ training partner Keith Jardine at UFC 96. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Thursday that former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans would serve as opposing coaches on the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

The show will premiere on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 PM ET and will feature a total of 16 heavyweights, who it seems will not be required to fight their way into the house as has been in the case for the past couple of seasons. In addition, the season premiere will be preceded by yet another edition of “UFC Fight Night”.

Production on the show is set to begin in early June.

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So Who Exactly Are the “TUF 10” Coaches?

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC President Dana White will make one of his patented “special announcements” tomorrow night during the Spike TV broadcast of the “2009 VGAs First Look E3 Special” at 11 PM ET, and all signs point to it being the naming of the coaches for the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

So who exactly will the coaches be? That’s actually a pretty good question at the moment.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, who quickly created bad blood between one another immediately following Jackson’s decision win over Keith Jardine in March, will serve as the newest set of coaches. However, Jackson was set to receive the next shot at Lyoto Machida, who defeated Evans for the belt this past weekend.

Here comes the confusing part…

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Evans and Jackson Clash at UFC Photo Shoot

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Joe Rogan, and Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

There are no secrets about the dislike that Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson have for each other. When the two came face-to-face for a staredown (video of the meeting is here) to hype up a once-scheduled light heavyweight title bout in May following Jackson’s unanimous decision win over Evans’ training partner, Keith Jardine, at UFC 96, the two exchanged heated words.

So when the UFC unknowingly booked both fighters for a recent photo shoot, things quickly escalated once Jackson saw Evans in the same room as him. From MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider” blog:

While UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans might be focused on challenger Lyoto Machida, by no means has he forgotten about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He says the two nearly came to blows at a recent UFC photo shoot. Some intrepid UFC staffers booked them on the same day, and things got ugly for a spell.

“I looked at him and he walked out of the room,” Evans told MMAInsider. “He was like, ‘that’s messed up putting us together.’ They tried to separate us, and the UFC walked him out in the hallway and walked me out in the hallway. And they walked me into the same hallway he was at.

“I looked at him and I was like, what, man? He was like, ‘Rashad don’t talk to me, man! Don’t talk to me! Don’t say nothin’ to me! You don’t know me! You don’t know me!’ The (expletive) I need to know you for?”

Eventually, cooler heads prevailed, and the photo shoot went on. But Evans filed it in the motivation bank for later.

People are still talking about their meeting at UFC 96 to this day, mostly for the intense excitement created and the words that were said. Now that Jackson will likely be fighting the winner of Evans’ title defense against Lyoto Machida later this year, the stage could be set for one of the most-anticipated (and most trash-talked filled) fights of the year. That is, if Evans come away victorious. The chance that Machida could abruptly end his title reign is more than real.

UFC Rep Denies Jackson/Evans Report for UFC 96

Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems that newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans may not be making his first title defense against former title holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 96 in March after all.

A UFC representative denied reports issued yesterday that the fight would serve as UFC 96’s main event last night on The Underground Forum, stating that the report was “not true”.

The event still remains without a high-profile fight. A heavyweight bout between former heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga and Shane Carwin is currently listed at the top of the card’s lineup, but doesn’t seem to hold that much drawing power at all.

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