Lost in the madness of today’s UFC 114 conference call was president Dana White’s confirmation that the victor of the light heavyweight scrap between Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will get first dibs at Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s new title.
“I did commit to the winner (of UFC 114) getting a title shot,” White stated.
Although everybody and their mothers anticipated this scenario playing out, for some reason White refused to confirm that the main event on May 29th would serve as a 205-pound top contender bout. Rampage, for one, has prepared as though the strap was on the line nonetheless.
“I’ve been training for this fight like it was a title shot,” Jackson said. “I’ve been training 5Rounds because I still feel like I’m a champion in my mind. So for it to be a title shot next makes it sweet.
“So I can just go right into it and keep training those five rounds and get my belt back and get back on the right track of being one of the best fighters in the world.”
Shogun took the crown when he put Lyoto Machida to sleep in the first round of their highly anticipated rematch. Machida was handed a controversial unanimous decision in their initial meeting, however Shogun went circa 2005 and captured his first major championship belt.
Rampage and Evans were originally slated to fight at UFC 107 after completing their assignments as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, however Rampage opted to turn his back on MMA and accept the role of B.A. Baracus in the movie remake of “The A-Team.”
UFC 114 takes place May 29th inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.