The most bitter light heavyweight feud in recent MMA history will finally come to fruition when former champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans meet at UFC 114 on May 29th.
The arch enemies 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.”
In case you aren’t familiar with the history behind the beef, here’s a quick YouTube recap to get you up to speed:
The Beginning: UFC 96 (3/7/09) Rampage just took a unanimous decision win over Keith Jardine, Evans’ teammate. Evans was riding high after knocking out Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 to capture the strap just two months earlier. Griffin had taken the title from Rampage the fight prior.
UFC 96 created the stare down of all stare downs:
Evans tells ESPN Radio 1100 about how Rampage is trippin’:
Rampage reminds the world at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” media day that Evans refuses to shut his trap:
Jackson doing some pre-fight trash talking at a club in Los Angeles:
Rampage and Rashad exchange pleasantries Octagon-side at UFC 100, directly in front of UFC brass:
Next stop: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.