Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: Rashad Evans “Warm-Up Fight” for Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Written by Tom Ngo
May 12th, 2010

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans have engaged in one of the most entertaining smack-talk sessions MMA has ever witnessed. For all the Yo Momma jokes that were flung between the two, Rampage may have just laid down the ultimate dis.

“I feel like fighting Rashad is a step backwards, because he doesn’t have the belt anymore,” Rampage told FightersOnly of facing his rival. “But if things go right, this will be a nice warm-up fight for Shogun. If everything works out it will be nice.

“Everybody knows I took time off. It would be stupid to go right into a title fight with Shogun so this will be a good test for me.”

Did Rampage just indirectly say he was looking past Rashad, a fellow former champion?

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.”

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 in March 2009.

Despite his extended absence, Rampage has already mapped out his comeback trail – and it isn’t an easy light heavyweight path.

“I want to go get Rashad. Nice warm-up fight, kick his ass. Fight Shogun, redeem myself for my sleep, for my mind. Then go and beat the hell out of Forrest [Griffin], retire him.

“If I lose to Rashad I don’t even deserve to get my belt back!”

The former champions will headline UFC 114 on May 29th inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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