Rampage: Evans Was "Afraid" of Machida

Written by Tom Ngo
June 10th, 2009

The war of words continues between “The Ultimate Fighter 10” coaches Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, as Rampage claims the Jackson Submission-trained fighter was “afraid” in his first-ever title defense at UFC 98.

“I think he was afraid,” Rampage told MMAWeekly.com of Evans’ gun-shyness during his 2ndRound loss to Lyoto Machida. “That’s what made him mess up. He didn’t do nothing — that’s what his mistake was. He let Machida do everything.

Not only did Rampage call out Evans for his unwillingness to bring the fight to the elusive Brazilian, but he also said that he should have kept his mouth shut throughout the title scrap, especially while he was getting rained on.

“Plus, he’s talking while Machida was trying to knock him out,” Rampage questioned. “He’s not defending … he’s talking. How you gonna talk while somebody’s trying to knock your head off? What do you do? Ask him to stop? What are you doing?”

While getting pelted with Machida’s fists, but before he was sent tumbling down, Evans states that he was telling Machida, “Man, you hit like a…

While he was getting bombed on?!

When asked what Rampage would have done differently, the former UFC light heavyweight champ said he would probably push the pace against Machida.

“Yeah,” said Jackson. “I’m an aggressive fighter.”

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