White: "I'd Love to See Rashad vs. Rampage"

Written by Tom Ngo
December 30th, 2008

Immediately after Rashad Evans walked away with the UFC light heavyweight crown at UFC 92, many wondered who he would make his first title defense against. Some thought that it might be former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, however Rampage seemed more interested in avenging his loss to Forrest Griffin. It appears that UFC president Dana White might overrule the former champion.

“To be honest with you, I’d love to see Rashad vs. Rampage,” White stated on the The Carmichael Dave Show. “I think that would be a fun fight.”

Rampage knocked out his former PrideFC foe Wanderlei Silva in the 1stRound of their matchup, avenging his two previous losses to the Brazilian.

An obstacle that might be standing in Rampage’s way could be the January court date that is set for the felony hit and run and police evasion charges stemming from his high-speed chase last July in Costa Mesa, California.

White, however, doesn’t think that Jackson’s legal issues will prevent him from challenging for the title.

“No, I don’t think there should be any problems with Rampage legally,” White stated. “Obviously he’s got to go to court because that thing happened. But he had delirium. He had something wrong with him. It wasn’t like he was on drugs or drinking alcohol or doing any of that stuff. He was doing the right thing and he got sick and like anyone who got sick and goes to court, I don’t think he’s going to have any issues.”

Another possible opponent for Evans could be the winner of Lyoto Machida. The undefeated Brazilian will be facing Thiago Silva at UFC 94 next month, and if he is able to win that bout, it may be tough for the UFC to bypass him once again.

“Lyoto is an awesome fighter,” White said. “He’s got a great fight coming up and both guys are undefeated… If he wins this fight he’s definitely in the mix too… A lot of people think his style is too evasive and not engaging but once he starts getting comfortable in that Octagon like all of the other guys, he’s going to come into his own and he’s going be very exciting. I expect big things from him.”

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