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Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans Official for UFC 114


(Images courtesy of twitter.com/Rampage4real and twitter.com/SugaRashadEvans.)

The long-rumored UFC 114 headlining matchup between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans is a go, according to updates posted last night on the fighters’ Twitter pages. It will be the first fight in over 14 months for Rampage, who went AWOL following his decision victory over Keith Jardine last March in order to film The A-Team. (UFC 114 goes down just two weeks before the film’s release date. That’s called "synergy," brah.) Evans most recently won a decision over Thiago Silva in January

We’re confident that Jackson and Evans can re-build the heat of this matchup back up to TUF 10 levels. But Rampage fans may have reason to worry. According to a recent mailbag column by Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole: "[Jackson] isn’t close to being in shape now, though his Muay Thai coach, Dave Jackson, insists he’s already working hard. But I saw him in Australia and he looked plenty plump to me. I was also surprised to see him smoking a cigarette."

Well, if it can happen to Gerard Butler, it can happen to anyone. Let’s hope Rampage spends these next three months wisely. UFC 114′s tentative lineup is after the jump…


MAIN CARD
Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans
Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway
Amir Sadollah vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Aaron Simpson vs. Chris Leben

PRELIMINARY CARD
Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon
Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares
Cyrille Diabate vs. Luiz Cane
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
Ryan Jensen vs. Jesse Forbes

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stopdrinkingpee- February 26, 2010 at 1:39 am
Why is Dan Lauzon getting fights in the UFC? Shouldn't he be fighting for free somewhere and faking nut shots to win decisions over more talented opponents? Efrain will destroy him, unless he's as over-confident as he was last time. Dude acted like he didn't think he could lose.
Yeti Stomp- February 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm
Escudero and Lauzon deserve a spot on the main card more than Leben does. Fuhgeddaboutit.
bitteralex- February 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm
why is leben still fighting in the ufc?? and why is he still on the main card?!?

god i hate the ufc sometimes...
Lysol- February 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm
I think you all missed the joke I Know Nothing was trying to make. He made an extremely stupid comment, you know, one that a person who knows nothing about MMA would make...

...I didn't say it was funny, I just said you missed the joke.
ghostboner- February 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm
I am excited to see the Duffman back in action! Hoping that he and Guillard get their fights aired.
AussieJosh- February 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Rampage was looking well fat here in OZ! Best of luck to him getting back in shape!
AppleKill1- February 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Rashads post is about team jackson dude...all Page said is that he is knocking out Rashad...but I agree with you about the Wolfslair though...
fightfan- February 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Rampage is getting ready at Jackson's???? Rashad is at Team Jckson. Rampage finally realized tha he had to leave the land of "yes men" in Wolfslair....where all the fighters and trainers let Bisping and Page beat them up. That is why Bisping sucks....He thinks he is tough around the Wolfslair playground, but in real life Wolfslair not to threatening
robthom- February 24, 2010 at 11:50 am
Gerard Butler trips me out. The first time I ever heard of him was in 300 and I was like "damn, this dude is buff"!

But everything I've seen him in since he looks more like an undercooked gingerbread man. It took me awhile to figure out that it was the same dude.

Hopefully now that jackson is in with the hollywood crowd he can get access to hollywood personal trainers and show up cut like steak to get his ass whipped.
DazedNConfused- February 24, 2010 at 10:15 am
Maybe they can squeeze Rothwell vs Crocop in there. I see that shit going down UFC 113-115. Fingers crossed for Crocop.
DazedNConfused- February 24, 2010 at 10:13 am
Oh and yah Rampage looks fat as hell in his recent outings. But theres plenty of time before that fight. He always had a tendency to get pretty chunky in between fights. I still see Rashad edging this one out. Just by being more versatile and having a great team behind him.
cecils_pupils- February 24, 2010 at 10:12 am
And you all wonder why Dana White says UFC fans are spoiled - how can you guys bitch about this card? You all know that as much BS as you talk about weak cards you'll still plunk down the money cuz you know you wanna see it - and highlight reels just ain't gonna cut it.

Besides, who wouldn't pay to see 2 of the biggest Dbags in MMA try to kill eachother? Oh shit - sorry, did I say that? Wooops! Was channeling Frank Mir there for a second.

Rashad via TKO by nipple tweak.
DazedNConfused- February 24, 2010 at 10:11 am
Relatively strong card. Rogerio vs Griffin will be worthy, along with Rampage and Jackson. Ill throw some cash for it. But im not super picky. Me and a bunch of buds always get it and get fuuucked up. Its not like it's a big deal giving 5 bucks to see some good fights.
Cage Rage- February 24, 2010 at 10:01 am
@ Bproper

You mean Rampage standing behind Bisping right? My girlfriend pointed out that he looked like he let himself go at little to far at the buffet line.
G Funk- February 24, 2010 at 9:43 am
Sick Prelims!!! I hope they air them.
TheGreenBlurr- February 24, 2010 at 9:37 am
Its not a great card like UFC 112 is going to be, or UFC 113 but still... Grif, Nog, Amir? Sanchez? all exciting fighters. If it turns out to be a Fight Night, i definitely wouldn't be upset tho. lol
The Hater- February 24, 2010 at 8:14 am
Black on Black crime, who did rampage runover this time?
Bproper- February 24, 2010 at 8:01 am
You see Rashad standing behind Wandy last weekend? He looked huge! Must of been all that good catering on the A-team set.
flamingmo- February 24, 2010 at 7:33 am
Actually, the Ryan Jensen vs. Jesse Forbes fight could well be dross, though will likely remain buried on the prelims
rlh61- February 24, 2010 at 7:27 am
Well, the card isn't the greatest, but it still looks like fun.

Anyone for Simpson/Leben as the early favorite for FOTN? They both like to bang. Simpson is coming off the controversial decision and not afraid to cut loose with the hands. Leben just fought a careful 'have-to-save-my-job' kind of fight so he's probaby itching to bang. This one could be fun!
meanfinger- February 24, 2010 at 7:24 am
of course he was smokin a cigarette.. have u ever tried to get chronic in australia?

this card is ho hum i can see it being full of decisions..
flamingmo- February 24, 2010 at 7:23 am
Looking at all the fights here, I reckon this could be one of the most exciting cards in a while. Each one seems to be a recipe for fun. The only fight i see trouble with is if Kim manages to stall Sadollah for 3 rounds, though I've never seen a boring Amir fight
two_black_eyes- February 24, 2010 at 7:20 am
as long as they manage to slip Melvins fight in there somewhere i will be happy.
Smitty- February 24, 2010 at 7:17 am
Thanks Doc. These cats is trippin!!!
Get Off Me- February 24, 2010 at 7:16 am
Now it's crystal clear why the UFC moved Rashad v. Jackson + Lil Nog v Fo Griff off the Montreal card. The card is going to be same caliber as the 110 card in my books, Rampage v. Rashad is worth the PPV money alone.
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