Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans exchanged some of the most entertaining insults MMA had ever witnessed prior to their highly anticipated scrap. The fun continued following his disappointing unanimous decision loss at UFC 114, as Rampage’s animosity towards his bitter foe was stronger than ever.
“I have respect for him and what he did [tonight], but he said a lot of stuff that I’m not going to forget,” Rampage stated at the post-fight press conference. “So Rashad can still kiss my ass.”
Although B.A. Baracus had the entire media room on the floor laughing with his latest remark, he reiterated the playful comment just seconds later to make sure Evans got the message.
“I’m not a sore loser, but Rashad can still kiss my black ass,” Rampage said.
Saturday marked the first time Rampage had set foot inside an Octagon since his unanimous decision victory over Keith Jardine at UFC 96 in March 2009. Despite his pre-fight claims that the hiatus wouldn’t play a role in his return, it clearly was an issue the controversial light heavyweight wasn’t able to overcome.
“I guess ring rust is a factor,” Jackson admitted. “I looked good, felt good, was strong, but I had a lot of rust.”
In reality, the only time Rampage looked like he could win the fight was in the final round after landing a barrage of punches that dropped Evans. Although he tried to finish, Rampage was clearly gassed, as he allowed his mortal enemy back to his feet and escape with bragging rights.
While Evans was content with the win, he too was disappointed he wasn’t able to provide the spectacular ending fans were hoping for. At the same time, the victory earned him first crack at Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and his brand new light heavyweight strap – so he too had a message for Rampage.
“I feel the same way. He can kiss my ass too,” Evans emphatically stated.
Rampage called for a rematch immediately following the contest and continued his plea during the post-fight presser. Although Rampage didn’t perform the way Octagon fans had grown accustomed, it would be hard to believe a mulligan will be arranged anytime soon given the forgettable nature of the original contest.