UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta has confirmed that the highly anticipated light heavyweight scrap between former champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will headline the organization’s UFC 114 event on May 29th.
The bitter rivals were originally slated to fight at UFC 107 after completing their assignments as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” however Rampage opted to turn his back on MMA and accept the role of B.A. Baracus in the movie remake of “The A-Team.”
Rampage holds an impressive 30-7 professional record, however hasn’t fought since taking an uneventful unanimous decision over Keith Jardine, Evans’ Jackson Submission Fighting teammate, at UFC 96 last March.
Evans bounced back nicely from his only professional loss when he escaped with a unanimous decision victory over Thiago Silva at UFC 108. Although the wrestler dominated much of the matchup, Evans was nearly knocked out in the fight’s closing seconds by a desperate Silva.
Fortunately for Evans, he survived, and now that filming has wrapped on “The A-Team,” Evans is hoping Rampage is ready to go, because he certainly is.
“I hear that there’s an actor that came back to the fighting game, the UFC, and Rampage, I know you’re watching,” Evans said after his UFC 108 victory. “Come back, and let’s get it on.”
UFC 114 is expected to take place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are the fighters rumored/slated for the pay-per-view broadcast:
Ryan Jensen and Jesse Forbes
Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson
Melvin Guillard vs.Thiago Tavares
Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon
Amir Sadollah vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway
Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans