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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.

Report: Rampage Expected to Receive August Title Shot

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s chance to redeem his UFC light heavyweight title was postponed after lingering injuries prevented him from facing Rashad Evans next month, but the former champion won’t likely have to wait much longer for his shot.

In a new report courtesy of Fighters Only Magazine, Jackson is expected to fight the winner of UFC 98’s clash between Evans and Lyoto Machida at either UFC 102, which is expected to take place in late August or UFC 103, which could be a UK-based event in September:

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson has been pencilled in for an August shot at the light-heavyweight title, Fighters Only has been told.

Former champion Jackson might headline either UFC 102 or UFC 103, the latter possibly being a UK event, according to an industry source. He would face either Rashad Evans or Lyoto Machida, depending on the outcome of their UFC 98 fight next month.

This isn’t really very big news at all as Jackson was expected to face the winner of Evans-Machida in the near future anyways, but it’s nice to note that the UFC will be following through with their plans for Jackson instead of putting his title aspirations on the backburner like they have done to so many in the past. (See Karo Parisyan, Yushin Okami, etc)

UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine Live Results

We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine, which takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET.

The event is headlined by light heavyweight contenders bout between former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Keith Jardine. A heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Shane Carwin and former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga will serve as the co-main event.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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Will Rampage Succeed as UFC 96’s Top Draw?

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For the first time in his brief career under the UFC banner, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is headlining next month’s UFC 96 event as the sole top draw. Will he be able to generate an adequate number of PPV buys? Michael Rome is skeptical:

I think these expectations are way too high considering this card.  The undercard is abysmal, the semi-main event has one guy that is a proven non-draw and a guy no casual fans know, and the main event only has one drawing star.  If this show does better than Anderson Silva v. Dan Henderson a year ago in March I think it has to be considered a success.


If this show does anything above 400,000 it is reason to celebrate.  If it hits 500, then Rampage really is a huge draw.  It’s very hard to assess Rampage as a draw because there are always qualifying factors.  He did a big number against Liddell, but that was Liddell at his peak and it had all the ESPN coverage.  He did a huge rating with Henderson, but it was the title unification match on free TV.  He did a very good number with Forrest, but it was coming off a full season of TUF.  He had a gigantic number in December, but it was part of a big triple main event.  This is the first time a whole show has been placed on his shoulders to carry.

This is also another one of the lackluster major events the UFC is putting on to gauge how well they can draw with the UFC brand name. So far, the method hasn’t failed them. However in terms of star power and interesting matchups, this is one of the worst fight cards Joe Silva and company have put together in a long time. UFC 55 is the last time that comes to mind for me. There are a few fights of which I’m interested in the outcome, but none that are “must-see” in my opinion.

So will Rampage be able to draw in viewers? I would tend to think so, but I don’t expect a number anything close to what the UFC has generated with its last couple of shows. Somewhere between 400,000-500,000 buys sounds about right to me.

UFC 94 Notes: Penn Set to File Complaint With NSAC Over GSP Greasing

B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

If you thought that the war between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn was over, think again. Penn’s camp has informed Sherdog.com that they intend to file a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after officials spotted one of St. Pierre’s cornermen allegedly rubbed Vaseline on his back in between the first and second and then the second and third rounds.

“We are not trying to make excuses, but the NSAC needs to protect the fighters,” Penn told Sherdog.com via text message. “They never notified us or completely wiped his back with water and towels.”

Various reports are circulating that following the conclusion of the first round, Phil Nurse, who has been working St. Pierre’s corner for a number of years, was caught by someone sitting at ringside rubbing Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back and shoulders. It has yet to be confirmed that this person was former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but “The Iceman” was the first to inform UFC President Dana White of the incident after the conclusion of the fight, which St. Pierre won via fourth-round doctor’s stoppage.

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Fight Announcements: Griffin, Curran, Stann & More

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The past few days following the completion of Saturday’s UFC 93 event in Ireland have brought forth a slew of potential fight announcements involving upcoming events being put on by the UFC and WEC. Let’s get right to them:

— One-time WEC featherweight title challenger and longtime veteran Jeff Curran will reportedly make his bantamweight debut against Urijah Faber-protege Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40 on April 5 according to MMA Weekly. The event, which will likely take place in Chicago, will be headlined by WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres defending his title against Brian Bowles.

— Former International Fight League standout Bart Palaszewski will reportedly take on Richard Crunkilton in a lightweight bout at WEC 39 on March 1 according to MMA Junkie, which is also stating that the winner of the bout could receive a title shot against the winner of this weekend’s upcoming lightweight title fight between current champion Jamie Varner and top contender Donald Cerrone.

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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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