History Behind Rampage vs. Rashad Beef

Written by Tom Ngo
July 18th, 2009

In case you missed it, there was a fight this weekend at UFC 100 and we’re not talking about anything that happened inside the Octagon. Former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got into another minor altercation cage-side.

“Rampage came over to say hi to us, I was next to Rashad and those two almost got into it tonight,” UFC president Dana White stated about the incident which he was mere inches from. “I’ve been living with that for six weeks (on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’).”

The two coached opposite each other on the 10th season of the hit reality show, and are rumored to be facing off in December. We say “rumored” because the UFC hasn’t officially announced it, however Rampage took it upon himself by claiming the scrap will be in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

“Anytime these guys got within two inches of each other at the show, it’s bad,” White added about their mutual hatred. “They really don’t like each other and these two really want to fight. Season 10 is probably some of the best television we’ve ever done. It’s crazy.”

Here’s a quick YouTube recap on the history of this beef:

The Beginning: UFC 96 (3/7/09) Rampage just took a unanimous decision win over Keith Jardine, Evans’ teammate. Evans is riding high as he was fresh off of jacking the strap from Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 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:

Rashad’s comments about UFC 100 scuffle with Rampage on Fox Fight Game:

White talking about deep and genuine hatred between Evans and Rampage at UFC 100:

Next stop, Memphis. It should be quite the Holiday present.

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