Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was next in line to fight the winner of the UFC 98 main event between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Rashad “Sugar” Evans. With Machida acquiring the light heavyweight belt for the very first time in his UFC career, MMA fans expected another great battle against Rampage next. Although White had previously stated that Rampage would be the #1 title contender after UFC 98, Rampage decided to fight Evans instead. They’ll have to first coach out separate teams at The Ultimate Fighter 10 season which is set to start filming on June 1st, 2009.
So Rampage decided to fight Evans instead of Machida for the UFC 205-pound belt?? Does he really want to fight Evans that badly? Is Rampage not ready for the title he once had? Or is he afraid of Machida? These are some of the questions MMA fans have begun to ask…
Here’s what Rampage Jackson had to say:
“I had my mind set to fight Evans…I was actually there coaching (at UFC 98) trying to get him to win the fight. I want Evans he got in my face (at UFC 96), right after my fight. That was the wrong time to get in my face.”