Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson: It’s Official-ish


When we last left the UFC, Rashad Evans had just defeated light-heavyweight champion Forest Griffin to win the title. Prior to that, former champion Rampage Jackson (who lost the belt to Forest) won his contest by knocking out Wanderlei Silva so hard that he probably lost Algebra. Common sense would say that Evans vs. Rampage would be the next logical step, especially with Forest having that whole broken hand thing.

Well, it looks like common sense is close to becoming reality. Here are my friends at 6th Round with more:

As we predicted would very well be a potential fight within the first three months of 2009, it is heavily rumored that Rashad Evans will be making his first title defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 96.

Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7 could see these two light-heavyweights go at it, regardless of the fact that they both fought on the same UFC 92 card and activity at 96 would be a sub-nine week return to the Octagon.

I like this as a main event, because without it there was talk of Chuck Liddell vs….someone. Chuck was rumoured for the main event, but without a big name to step up, nothing really excited me. Anderson Silva is staying at 185 for his next fight, most of the 205ers we’d like to see are already fighting over the course of the next two months, and fans aren’t exactly clamoring for a rematch against Keith Jardine.

Evans vs. Rampage for a main event definitely works for me.

UPDATE: Forget everything you just read, because they announced Rampage vs. Jardine for UFC95.  Meh.

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