Reports have surfaced over the weekend that the proposed UFC 107 bout between former champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could be scrapped. It appears as though Jackson will be unavailable to train and compete due to landing the role of B.A. Baracus on the upcoming remake of the “A-Team.”
UFC 107 is scheduled to take place on December 12th in Jackson’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Both Jackson and Evans are featured on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike.
President Dana White had previously discussed his opposition of Jackson taking on the role at a pre-UFC 102 event saying, “Get a [expletive] grip, dude. You’re going to make a lot of money. You ain’t going to make a lot of money playing B.A. Baracus on ‘The A-Team.
“I’m not a big fan of fighters doing movies. When your career is over, if you turn into a movie star, that’s awesome.”
MMA FanHouse got in touch with Evans’ manager Jervis Cole who told them, “As far as we know the fight is still on. Until the UFC tells us something different, Rashad Evans starts training in mid-October.”
The pre-fight hype between Jackson and Evans was already at a boiling point. After Jackson’s UFC 96 victory over Keith Jardine both fighters got into a verbal altercation inside the Octagon. Then at UFC 100, both proceeded to get into a shoving match as seen below.
It had been widely speculated that the winner of the UFC 107 bout between Jackson and Evans would be the #1 contender to the light heavyweight title.