With the recent barrage of MMA trash talking going on, it’s easy to forget one of the sport’s most bitter beefs between former UFC light heavyweight champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans. Thankfully, Rampage has emerged from Hollywood to tell us what time it is.
The two were slated to settle their differences at UFC 107, just after they fulfilled their duties as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” however Rampage “retired” from MMA to pursue the role as B.A. Baracus in “The A-Team” movie remake.
Rampage is now back at his regular 9-5 job as he preps for his heavily-rumored UFC 114 scrap against Evans. Although he’s been gone for a couple months, he fell right back into the old routine … in more ways than one.
“I am a fighter, for real. I have taken time off before and come back and did a good job. It’s all about what is in you. I ain’t worried about how many fights he got. I have beat people that fought every month while I didn’t fight in years. I have beat people who have way more experience than I do. It’s all about what is in you, and Rashad talks too much. It’s in me to whup up on him. It’s in me,” Rampage told FightersOnly.
The pair put on one of the most entertaining verbal sparring sessions during this past season of TUF 10, coming close to blows on multiple occasions. Although months have passed since the two last butted heads, Rampage hasn’t forgotten the things Evans said to him.
“Those words he said on “The Ultimate Fighter” show are still around. I still got to hear it when fans bring it up all the time,” Rampage said. “The time is going to come, he is going to get his. I am going to test his chin because he has got no chin. A guy with a big mouth like that, and he ain’t got a chin. It’s ironic.”
UFC 114 is slated to jump off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 29th.