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Evans vs. Jackson Possible for UFC 96

(Rashad’s match with Rampage won’t be nearly this friendly.)

We’re less than two months out from UFC 96 (March 7th, Columbus), and so far the biggest match on the card is Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. Which means it’s desperation time for the UFC — a time to call up old friends and tell them they’ll only have a ten-week layoff between fights. This just in: can confirm that a main event title fight between newly crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans (13-0-1) and former 205-pound kingpin Quinton Jackson (29-7) could be added to the UFC 96 card at the Nationwide Arena…
Perhaps the only thing currently standing in the way is time — both fighters face relatively tight turnarounds since their most recent winning performances at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008″ on Dec. 27.

Evans and Jackson emerged from their last bouts relatively unscathed, so it seems feasible. It also might be the only main event available at this point, so it kind of has to happen unless the UFC is cool with Carwin/Gonzaga toplining the event. Even better, it’ll mean that the winner of the Lyoto Machida/Thiago Silva match at UFC 94 could challenge for the title in his next fight, as long as he’s willing to wait like five months for it. Damn…just how many times could the 205-pound strap change hands this year?

Semi-related: Remember when we said that Forrest Griffin‘s hand injury would sideline him until the fall? Bad information, apparently. According to Forrest’s people, he’ll be back this summer.

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better than you- January 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm
I would to tell all of you that you should HATE evans with all your heart! heres why....In the end we all love to see a fight and this guy is no fighter!!! he won like 10 fights via lay and pray!!! thats not fighting....thats being GAY which is what he is we all know he does down. Then he got the biggest LUCKY punch of his life aginst Chuck....come on man he swung so blind he wouldnt be able to hit wall if he tried!! he got lucky plain and simple..... Oh yeah and ran from the whole fight by the way like a coward

Then he runs form forest too and again gets lucky

I challenge any STUPID evans to prove to us that your fag boy is a reaf fighter....prove it or take a glass of of STFU!!!

give me a crowbar and I will take evans DOWN!
Anonymous- January 15, 2009 at 6:33 am
Is it just me or did that sound really gay?
Jay- January 15, 2009 at 4:37 am
I think Rampage and Rashad need to be set for UFC100. I can't wait to see me some black-on-black crime go down in the octagon.
bundy- January 15, 2009 at 3:00 am
You wont see rashad and machida for a little while. Machida will have the next title shot if he wins his next race, whoops i mean fight. Rampage and Rashad will be the next title fight. I'll just go ahead and call it now Rampage by ko/tko late 1st early 2nd
lunedi18- January 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm
i love me some rampage but evans takes it via handspeed. sucks.
Goog- January 14, 2009 at 9:09 pm
I think Quinton would have to chase Evans around the way Chuck had to track him down. Whether or not that plays into his game, I don't know. But Evans won't push him. Evans nickname should be "Erkle" because when he knocks someone down, he gets that "Did I do that?" look on his face.
Knowitall- January 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm
Rashad and Bisbing look as if their about to get funky in that picture. Title should read "Brokeback Mountian 2: The interracial connection"
Derekrva- January 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm
My only problem with this fight is that Rampage clearly wants a rematch with Forrest rather than an immediate shot at the title. At least thats what he said.

Though I guess his tune probably would change if that fight couldn't happen until late summer.

I don't see Jardine vs. Jackson any time soon, especially if he can't get past Cane which should be a really good fight.

To answer one of the Ben's question as to how many times can we expect to see the 205 title change hands this year: I'd say twice. Evans loses to Jackson and Jackson loses to Machida.

dogmaticdiscordian- January 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Goog, you forgot KenFlo... oh wait a second
F'n Clownshoes- January 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm
No disrespect to Machida. I think he's a great fighter. The fact remains he will not sell pay per views. If/When he wins the belt they will be dealing with a not so exiting (style) fighter. They will have to put big personalities against him, which is fine with me....As long as it's not that douche Evans. Which is why I want this "PAGE"/"Sheed" fight to go down.
drummer- January 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm
Dick Rash, hahahaha. That's some funny shit!
Bootylam!- January 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Drummer is exactly WRONG! Technique is one thing, avoiding the fight is another. Go watch those Paul Mitchell tourneys for technique. I pay my my money to see warriors actually fight, and I believe most people do. Hell, Penn is easily one of the best technical fighters ever, but when he comes out he comes to go to war and people love him for it. You think he'd be near as popular if he relied on his "elusiveness"?
better than you- January 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm
I don tknow a single dumbass that would pay money to watch EVANS fight and if you do your a sad little fag that should not do anything in life

EVANS go piss off
Surfin Dave- January 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Well, Goog, since you consider Rash to be a dick, then his nick should be Dick Rash.
Goog- January 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Don't forget Squez, Lebe, and Kong.
mayhem420- January 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Dean J-Dine!!! lol Classic!
drummer- January 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Why all the hate at Machida? The boxing world critizises MMA because of a lack of technical skills. Martial artists are supposed to be at the top of technical but when we see a technical great like Machida everyone hates on him for being boring. This is not "So You Wanna Fight", this is MMA. The fact that no one can hit him should be a positive not a negative. I think he is brilliant.
F'n Clownshoes- January 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm
My favorite is caps needed

i can't wait to see the rash-chida clash!
Goog- January 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Who's the jackass that started shortening "Rampage" to "page" that now has the rest of you doing it? I don't like the guy anyway, but at least his nickname has a nickel's worth of appeal. Calling him Page = not cool in any possible way.

But if it's to much to ask to type the other three letters, let's shorten them all.

Man Liddell
Natch Couture
Dean J-Dine
J Fit
Andy Silv...

You know what? I take it back. It's so cool after all. And over the years, when I add up all the valuable fractions of a second that I shave off each name, I'll have time to post another comment on what a dick Rashad Evans is. Win/win.
Earl Jones Jr.- January 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Unfortunately this fight won't be added...

Rampage vs. Jardine will be the actual headliner...

F'n Clownshoes- January 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Sounds good to me. Page blows through Evans then Machida/Silva winner gets Page.
Evans just can't carry Machida/Silva, but Page could fight a "red bull" and get buys.
kostellow- January 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm
i like the matchup in spite of the 'derseved title shot' discussion.
evans is becoming a great well rounded explosive(im not using this term as the polite version of 'black', right?!) fighter, eith elusiveness, speed, intelligence and ko power. but if he gets owned in the first two rounds like in the griffin fight he wont be awaken in the third to turn thing around against jackson.
and hell i really like page's boxing, he has a very tight stance, great blocking and head movement so this will be a fantastic stand up war.
if evans manages to outwrestle him i think rampage will be in a world of trouble working off his back.
evans by GNP, and then the most elusive fight of all time against machida. lets see who picks shots better.
Snowman- January 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm
" can confirm that [fight] COULD be added ... "

That doesn't confirm anything. Why do people always have to try and sound smarter than they are?

That said, bring on the fight!
Bootylam!- January 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Especially with a "broken foot". Iron's right, never thought of it that way.
iron helps us play- January 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm
FYI - the starnes defense is pretty difficult and underappreciated.
running backwards while flipping the bird requires good spatial awareness and fine motor skills.