Just weeks after warning Quinton “Rampage Jackson that he was “a bad enemy to have,” UFC President Dana White stated during last week’s UFC 106 Q&A session that he believes Rampage will be back in the UFC after he’s done filming the A-Team movie. He also stated that the highly anticipated bout between Rampage and Rashad Evans may still happen.
“Rashad has a fight with Thiago Silva in January,” White said. “If Rashad is able to get out that with a win he’ll fight Rampage next.”
The bad blood between Rampage and White began in late August, when Rampage accepted the role of B.A. Baracus in the The A-Team movie, which led to the cancellation of his bout with fellow TUF 10 coach Rashad Evans at UFC 107. Since then, the pair have been publicly feuding, leading to Rampage releasing a statement in September stating that he was retiring in order to pursue his Hollywood ambitions.
“I’m sure we will [see Rampage in the octagon],” White said to MMAJunkie.com during the UFC 105 media conference call earlier this month. “Rampage is under contract with us, and this is where he makes his money.”
In the meantime, Rampage’s arch-rival Rashad Evans faces Thiago Silva at UFC 108. The event takes place on January 2, 2010 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.