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Jackson vs. Evans Fight Postponed Due to ‘The A-Team’

("I’m gettin’ that belt back, sucka.")

It looks like Rashad Evans has another reason to hate Quinton Jackson‘s guts. As Sugar revealed on yesterday’s edition of the “It’s Time” radio show with Bruce Buffer, Evans and Jackson will not be fighting at UFC 107 as originally planned, due to the demands of Rampage’s role in the upcoming A-Team movie. Said Evans:

“It’s definitely off on the 12th. I am (going to fight him), but not when I’m supposed to. He’s kind of getting sidetracked taking other opportunities above fighting. They haven’t nailed down any dates, but they did say it would happen after the new year. I think they we’re waiting to speak with Quinton’s guys to see when exactly he feels he should be ready.

If it couldn’t happen at all, I would definitely want to fight somebody else, but I know the UFC definitely has a lot invested in us fighting each other. It makes no sense for us to fight somebody else because then all that they have created is just a waste…
[If faced with the same situation] I would stick with my obligations and do the fight. I know he has this amazing opportunity to do this acting, but at the same time, at the end of the day he’s still just going to be a fighter. He’s not going to be an actor. He’s a fighter. That’s what he does. We all want to branch off and do different things because we never know when this is going to end, but you have to remember what’s paying the bills for you at this particular time.”

Though Dana White has expressed his distaste for fighters branching out into acting, he has to realize that Jackson’s appearance in The A-Team will ultimately create publicity for the UFC — which is probably why he’s allowing this to happen. But it’s still unfortunate that a season’s worth of heat between the two TUF 10 coaches will inevitably cool off because of the delay. It’s the kind of thing that turns must-see grudge matches into fights that nobody really cares about.

Related: Now that Jackson’s role in The A-Team is being widely reported, we can lift our brief news ban on The Sun. Whoa, did you hear about the Belarus vs. Ukraine barn-burner?

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JackBauer- September 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm
Rogan has that look on his face because, through his bloodshot eyes, he's back on the set of Fear Factor, watching them get ready to eat a 100 year old black rotten egg.
Frank Mur- September 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm
WEREGUIDO!!!HAHAHAHAlolololoi!! it's been like 4 hours and that's still the funniest shit EVAH! Every time someone references WEREGUIDO a little piss comes out of me! HAHAHA
Oh, and Page is a cunt, but I can't blame him for going to the money. It's not like any of these block heads would even be fighting if it didn't have the potential for a decent payday.
BackbaconBilly- September 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Dana needs to put it in their contracts that they will payout their opponent if they back outta the fight for these bullshit reasons, should be min 50k and a years suspension. This type of shit makes you lose respect for a fighters cred REAL FAST!

Damn! I actually want Rashad to beat Rampages ass now ( If and when Mr Hollywood ever steps up for the fight )
Da Spied Her- September 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Damn! Now I have to wait until next year to see Rampage take his belt back from Evans?!?
Mike Milbury- September 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm
@Jugger: Because it was being built as two guys who hate each other (Or at least appear to). Thus people wanted to see these two butt skulls in the Octagon even if it wasn't going to be a "fight of the ages". As another example, look at Ken/Tito 2. Everyone knew Tito was going to trounce Ken. Yet people were still excited for it because the two guys hated each other and the UFC marketed the fight as such.
Nut Puncher 9000- September 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm
And I thought this was only fitting. Mesg to Rampage from the man you will be playing:

B.A. Baracus: You messed up, now I gotta mess you up. It's the law!
BigWill83- September 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Rogan wishes it was something other than his microphone he was holding, in this most homo-erotic image in sports...second only to the volleyball scene of Top Gun
El Famous Burrito- September 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Were-Guido strikes again! HA!
Nut Puncher 9000- September 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Haha, I was just going to say how Rogan looks like he is sporting wood and giggling about it as he watches.
Clintourious- September 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm
also "Were-Guido" is a great term thanks Nate.
Clintourious- September 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Joe Rogan is so High in this pic.
Viva Hate- September 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm
@Nate, once again I say good job sir.
Socal Tot- September 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm
Rashad is full of it. I don't expect him to be happy about the delay of the fight. Just fight somebody else. If the TUF 10 season creates some good hype, this will jusyt add fuel for the inevitable fight. Rampage got an opportunity he would be stupid to turn down. Yes he's a fighter, but like stripping, there is an expiration date for those professions. Nothing wrong with acting. He'll make good money, same lifestyle without having to fight forever. Randy is a freak. Most fighters are done before 40.
Smitty- September 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm
I love you Nate
google- September 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Jugger, you don't see the big deal? Are you really a MMA fan? You didn't click on the link "fights nobody cares about" ? Thats the big deal. Sometimes its time to settle the score. They talked all this shit and now its time. Instead, we get to see Rampage getting drugged before he will get on a fucking plane. I mean what the fuck? Is Ving Rames that fucking busy?
NateGetsIrate- September 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Could be worse. At least it's B.A.. Not like he's gonna play some sort of black, wereguido or something.
Jugger- September 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Dana is smart. The A-Team movie is the 18-35 year old demographic wet dream. Rampage has the charisma to pull down a lot of fans who will then turn their attention to the UFC Pay-per-views.

Personally, I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like this is a "fight for the ages". Why is everybody getting so ticked off that they'll have to wait a few months for this one.
lesnerisafag- September 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Well, that sucks.
Viva Hate- September 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm
When reached for comment Rashad Evans was quoted as saying "Ain't this a muthfucka!"
google- September 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm
You guys remember another "sport" where the guys get big names then leave to do acting? It's called the WWF. Cung Le, Gina, Rampage, and Randy. Its already begun.

I hear they are doing a ramake of Cheech and Chong. Nick and Nate are as good as gone.
One Two- September 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm
2 things UFC should learn from this,

book fights people are hyped about not the reverse hyping people into caring about shit fights. Page should be fighting the winner of shogun/machida.

and start opening up the pocketbook its bad enough when their ring girls gotta work two jobs but when your top fighters do? bad news.
Sneaky Pete- September 9, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Now if they did a Junkyard Dog movie, I'd understand, but I've seen BA Barakas, I grew up eating cookie crisp watching BA Barakas. Quinton, you're no BA Barakas.
TheSlothman- September 9, 2009 at 12:18 pm
Just because this is actually true, DOES NOT mean we are now trusting The Sun....its still the worst news resource EVAH...
just some dong- September 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Yet another way for 'Page to postpone his next loss. It's a good thing this guy's funny, because there's not much else that's likable about him these days.
Goog- September 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Rampage is such a joke... I won't even pity that fool.