With possibly the biggest grudge fight in UFC history only days away, UFC President Dana White appeared on The Daily Line on Versus to talk about UFC 114 this weekend. White noted that the bad blood between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans is not only good for the UFC, but for Rampage as well.
“I think it’s the best thing that could have happened to him [Rampage] because it’s very motivating for him,” said White. “He’s traditionally known for not liking to train.. well he’s been training for this because of all the smack talk. He’s been very motivated for this fight.
White noted that the bad blood between the two adds that much more excitement to an already huge fight.
“It’s always exciting when two of the best in the world fight,” he noted. “When they hate each other, it makes it even that much better.”
White stated earlier this month that the winner of the fight would face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for his newly won light-heavyweight title. When pressed to answer whom he felt would stand a better chance against Shogun, White was noncommittal.
“These guys have similar styles. They’re both good wrestlers, they’re both powerful punchers” he said. “The edge that I’d give Rashad is speed – he’s very athletic, explosive, he’s more of an athlete than Rampage is.
“On Rampage’s side you’ve got power, determination and an incredible chin.”
UFC 114 takes place this Saturday, May 29th inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. FightLine.com will be providing live coverage of the event. You can watch the full interview with White below: