Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had fifteen minutes inside of the Octagon last May to settle their grudge, but apparently that wasn’t enough time.
Though the two begrudgingly offered each other respect following their three round battle at UFC 114, they won’t be inviting each other over to holiday dinners anytime soon and it seems as though they may want to start avoiding the same watering holes. In a recent interview with MMA:30’s Dave Farra, Evans was asked if he would take a rematch with his old rival “Rampage,” and “Suga” responded that the two recently almost engaged in an impromptu fourth round in a Las Vegas nightclub.
“I’ll fight ‘Rampage’ right now. I almost fought him the other day,” Evans said. “I seen him at XS, right? And I go up to him and give him his props for his win, y’know, he beat Machida, I beat Machida, and I was like ‘good job,’ you know. And I said ‘but you know, you kind of used a little bit of my strategy in that fight.’ [From ‘Rampage’] ‘Whatchu talkin’ ’bout?’ And I said, ‘well I mean, you were taking him down a lot, and you said that I wrestled you a lot, so, you said I was kinda weak for doing that, but then you go and do the same thing.'”
Evans has since taken to Twitter to clarify that he misspoke in the interview, as he lost to Machida by knockout back in May of 2009 and was giving Jackson propers on that basis. Evans then described to MMA:30 how things turned physical.
“We got into each other’s faces a little bit and then this fool had the nerve to hit me,” he said. “He slapped me. I slapped him back, then the bouncers came and that was it.”
Evans was recently forced to give up his planned title shot against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua because he blew out his knee in training. With Jackson set to face Thiago Silva this May and Evans looking at a few months of rehab for his knee, the timetable could end up being conducive to an Evans-Jackson rematch, which will certainly catch fans’ attention.