After multiple back-and-forth verbal exchanges on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC officially announced last week that former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans will headline UFC 114: Jackson vs. Evans on May 29 th.
“It’s no secret that Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans don’t like each other, and this rivalry has gotten more and more intense in the last few months,” said UFC President Dana White. “I can guarantee you that neither one of these guys wants to lose to each other, this fight is going to be insane.”
As quick with his fists as he is with his wit, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson hammered the competition on his way to the title with a stunning KO victory over then champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell at UFC 71. With knockout wins over Wanderlei Silva, Liddell and Marvin Eastman and a decision victory over Dan Henderson, the 31-year-old Memphis, Tennessee native has picked up wins against some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. Most recently earning a unanimous decision win over Keith Jardine at UFC 96, Jackson has won two in a row and now faces Jardine’s friend and training partner.
“I really want to knock this guy out,” Jackson said. “I’ve never, ever wanted to knock someone as cold as I want to knock Rashad Evans out. He’s disrespected me so much, for so long. I am so motivated to train my ass off. I’ve moved my coaches into my house already – Rashad should be prepared to see a brand new Rampage in May. I saw him in Sydney a few weeks back and we picked up right where we left off. I can’t stand him. He’s a disrespectful person and I didn’t even want to beat Wanderlei as much as I want to beat this guy.”
UFC 114: Jackson vs. Evans will take place on Saturday, May 29 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.