The long awaited Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans match is now history. Rashad Evans backed up his trash talking with a win at UFC 114 over Quinton Jackson. The battle of TUF 10 coaches ended with Evans winning via unanimous decision. While the fight may not have lived up to the hype, it could go down as one of the most successful draws in UFC history.
Rashad Evans did a lot of talking on TUF 10 and coming into the fight. A loss would have been devastating, playing into Rampage Jackson’s claims about Rashad Evans being overrated. Other than a close scare in the third round, Rashad Evans dominated all three rounds against Rampage. Rashad Evans is hardly overrated, with wins now against three former UFC light heavyweight champions.
The win immediately propels Rashad Evans back into the UFC light heavyweight title picture. UFC president Dana White declared that the winner of the Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans fight would receive the next title shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua. Looking at an early timeline, I would expect the fight to be scheduled for September or October. Rashad took 4 ½ months between this fight and his last fight against Thiago Silva. A little time off is well deserved for the new number one contender.
Early estimates are that UFC 114 was a monster success. My gut feeling is that we haven’t seen the last of Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson in the UFC.
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