Rampage vs. Evans, the only fight in UFC history promoted with the phrase ‘there’s going to be some black-on-black crime’. Political correctness is discarded when it comes to UFC marketing, just ask the first ‘Mexican’ heavyweight champion.
If you were a Rampage Jackson fan, then UFC 117 didn’t necessary result in the expectation you anticipated prior to the fight. I’m sure you believed that Rampage Jackson was going to knockout Rashad Evans with a stunning uppercut somewhere in the middle of the first round, and then follow up with enough punches to make Rashad Evans pull off another one of these. That scenario almost happened in the first round, but Rashad Evans managed to recover and control Rampage Jackson for three rounds which earned Evans a W and a title shot at Shogun Rua (which is rumored to go down at UFC 128).
According to an interview with MMAJunkie, Rampage Jackson knew he was going to lose two weeks before stepping into the cage. Damn, wish he would have given everyone else the heads up.
“I know exactly the reason I lost that fight, and I knew I lost that fight before I even stepped in the cage. The day I lost that fight was a couple of weeks before the fight even started. It had nothing to do with the movie tour or anything.”
“I’d like to keep that [the reason I lost the fight] personal, but sometimes we fight when we know we shouldn’t fight. Sometimes we should back out of fights. Because the fight as so delayed and so well-promoted, I felt like I owed it to my fans to fight no matter what the outcome was, so I still fought.”
“I always keep stuff to myself. That’s why I like my training camp in the U.K. We try to keep stuff secretive. We don’t leak anything. I just did my thing and hoped for the best outcome, and I just kept going and kept fighting so the fans were happy.”
Rampage Jackson wouldn’t be known as such a bad ass if he wasn’t such a bad ass. Any dude that wears a chain around his neck has earned that privilege at some given point in their life. He’s like Spawn with those things. The comic book version, not the movie one. I don’t know what happened there. Lyoto Machida vs. Rampage Jackson goes down in just over a week at UFC 123 in Detroit, Michigan (yes, that place still exists) and the chances of the bout ending in a submission is borderline hilarious. [Source]