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Let’s See If We Can’t Get Hyped, All Over Again, For “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans


(Well done, Nick the Face. If in fact that is your real name.)

The UFC sent out an email this afternoon pumping up the match-up between “bitter rivals” (sound familiar?) Rashad Evans and “Rampage” Jackson for UFC 114 on May 29. All we can say is, it’s about damn time. Their coaching stints on “The Ultimate Fighter” initially got us hyped for this bout, but then almost immediately we had to get unhyped as ‘Page ran off to make movies/announce his retirement instead of delivering on the “black-on-black crime” he promised us.

Now that it’s on again, we must begin the slow, arduous process of rehyping ourselves. This highlight video helps a little, but how about throwing down with some incendiary quotes to push us over the edge, UFC press release?


“Rampage” Jackson:

“I really want to knock this guy out,” Jackson said. “I’ve never, ever wanted to knock someone as cold as I want to knock Rashad Evans out. He’s disrespected me so much, for so long. I am so motivated to train my ass off. I’ve moved my coaches into my house already – Rashad should be prepared to see a brand new Rampage in May. I saw him in Sydney a few weeks back and we picked up right where we left off. I can’t stand him. He’s a disrespectful person and I didn’t even want to beat Wanderlei as much as I want to beat this guy.”

Rashad Evans:

“I don’t like all the pre-fight talking, so I can’t wait until I finally get my chance to shut him up,” said Evans. “There were a lot of times on the show when I wanted to hit him right there. When Keith [Jardine] was training for his fight with Rampage, I had to mimic Rampage’s style. I can probably beat Rampage as Rampage now. Plus, he’s gotten fat. He needs to get in shape just to get in shape. I may come to the Octagon with Mr. T just to get in his head.”

Not bad. We’re starting to feel the adrenaline rise to the surface, but it’s still not all the way there. If only we had a brash promoter who could complete the sale with the same exact rhetoric that he’s used countless times before. If only…

“It’s no secret that Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans don’t like each other, and this rivalry has gotten more and more intense in the last few months,” said UFC President Dana White. “I can guarantee you that neither one of these guys wants to lose to each other, this fight is going to be insane.”

Insane? Intense? Guarantee?! Okay, now you’ve got our attention. But God help us, if this gets postponed again so “Suga” can be in Kevin Smith’s upcoming “Sanford & Son” movie, we are done.

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robthom- March 19, 2010 at 9:17 am
Lol @ Durden.
ReX13- March 19, 2010 at 8:31 am
macreadysshack>> Good point, anyone that buys the hype anymore is probably not paying attention....

...but i can find entertainment in trash talking. Tito Ortiz pretty much established the concept of a match storyline, and that worked well for the UFC until it started being every goddamn match was a fight to the death between two guys who genuinely disliked one another. With these two guys, it's not so much pre-fight hype as it is a match unto itself--these guys are playing the dozens. It's a snaps contest with a cage fight finale. This might normally be boring or lame, but c'mon: Rampage's "am i a sucker? well then come on suck on me then," was a hilarious verbal overhand-right that caught Rashad flush on the ego.

Personally, i'm looking forward to this fight, because i really do believe that these guys don't like one another. Heck, they might even fight for free, yo! (Bens>> can we at least link to other posts on cagepotato?? i'm funnier with references.) Whoever wins should be a legit #1 contender for winner of Rua/Machida.
macreadysshack- March 19, 2010 at 8:09 am
I think you are right, ReX13. Still, I vote that we do away with any self promoting, 'bringing back the old badass me,' OR, 'you gonna see a brand new me,' and just let Rogan say, 'what's amazing about this guy is how he gets better each and every time he steps in the Octagon'. That's the true litmus. Rogan is the guiding light. If he didn't see it or say it, it didn't happen.

I think trash talk is retarded. Rather, it's for hyping up retards.

Are you hyped up by trash talk?

Yes? Then yes, I just called you a retard.
ReX13- March 19, 2010 at 6:42 am
Jokulgoblin>> i believe that is the CP-approved method of hype: "brand new me" > "the old me". Rampage is claiming to have taken a level in badass. The truth of this remains to be seen.
Jokulgoblin- March 19, 2010 at 6:24 am
Ummm, are we not talking about the "Rashad should be prepared to see a brand new Rampage in May" statement? Isn't that at least as bad as "bringing back the old me"?
Body Triangle- March 19, 2010 at 5:43 am
"Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch, Treat me like a bitch."
-Rampage

I hope Rashad does treat him like a bitch. The way Rampage is talking about at least; the way I treat a bitch is usually not to call them again or backhandedly compliment them- that gets them thinking.

"Oh, Rampage, you look like you've been working out and not going crazy lately with energy drinks and Jesus and unintelligible coaching"
Durden- March 19, 2010 at 2:59 am
I'm pretty sure Rampage's legs will be kicked off his body and go to heaven, as they are the most innocent parts of his body. As for the rest they'll be doomed to roll around at Arby's entertaining guests with poorly excecuted Mr.T quotes and howling.
Komodo- March 19, 2010 at 12:59 am
Quality Trash-Talk You Can Count On™

Now just let the shit actually happen, yo.
jizzninja- March 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm
rashad will perform the stanky leg once again. Even when knocked out black people love to dance
rampageisgod- March 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm
Rampage is going to pretend Rashad is that door and he's going to go Bobby Boucher on his ass.
Savageleto- March 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm
I think we are going to see a very improved Rashad...

IMO - Rampage is getting knocked the fuck out.
budsellers- March 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm
looking forward to the opportuity to see rashad's punchface again... just for that, i will buy into the hype!
sevvi- March 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm
How much i would like for Rashad to win i think he is going to get ktfo. Page lost all my respect after watching TUF. But sadly i see him winning this by knockout.
DazedNConfused- March 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm
I could actually see this being a good fight. Both are good wrestlers, and good strikers. With that, I see them standing and bangin'. I would like Rampage to win, simply because im biased for anyone who once participated in Pride (ARONA Slam for the win! haha), but I think Evans is too quick.
Havokgamer- March 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm
*Two
mt59801- March 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm
As rampage brings the slam, I'm OK with it. UFC is killing me with switching fights then bringing them back when I could really couldn't give a shit. So maybe in a year we can finally see Carwin- Lesnar, Tito-Chuck, and all the other injury/cancellation fights after they've lost all relevance
Havokgamer- March 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm
oh FUCK YEAH can't wait for this fight to finally happen. Watching these to bitch each other out has never gotten old for me, the fights gonna be nuts!
rampageisgod- March 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm
Rampage will knock Rashad out cold in the first round.
andoy162- March 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm
this will be a good one. i heard rampage is coming in with his mohawk.
montanamonster- March 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm
If Rampage gets in shape and makes weight I see him knocking out Rashad in the first two rounds. There will be plenty of Rampage love after I would think.
robthom- March 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Its become apparent to me why jackson and tito were good buddies for awhile.

I dont plan on paying attention, let alone getting hyped about things that fall out of their mouths no more.

It will be a good fight if we ever see it.

End transmission.
JCVD as Timecop- March 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm
SNOOOORE. After seeing Rashad in the cage with Silva, I don't really care to see him fight again. After being out of the game and most likely not training for so long, I'm not sure if Rampage CAN fight again.


Hmmmm....

I think I just talked myself into watching this fight, simply for the comedic value.
Nut Puncher 9000- March 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Usually I could care less, but this time I will enjoy the pre fight shit talking as much as the fight. These two are hilarious. Walking out with Mr. T would be awesome. In the end I see a sleeping Evans and A howling Rampage.
mt59801- March 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm
So it's "Not Ali" vs "Not Mr T" live in the UFC.
LET IT RAIN- March 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm
well shit, if it's guaranteed i might even be willing to pay for this one. i still think Dana is MitriOWNING us all.
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