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With Quinton Jackson’s Hand Injured, Could Evans vs. Machida Be a Done Deal?

(He’s gettin’ that belt back — eventually.)

Even though he wasn’t one of the six fighters who received medical suspensions after UFC 96, Quinton Jackson reportedly injured his hand during his decision win against Keith Jardine, making a May title fight against light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans even less likely. Adds

A banner on Sunday showed a picture of [Evans and Jackson] with the title "UFC 98: Evans vs. Jackson," and the matchup was listed on the website’s fight card page. However, Monday the banner had disappeared and the UFC 98 fight card listed Evans’ opponent as "TBD."

Rampage’s hand injury adds to a lingering jaw injury that he sustained while training for his UFC 92 fight against Wanderlei Silva. It’s hard to imagine he’d be anywhere close to 100% by May 23rd. But that doesn’t seem to bother Rashad Evans, who is already mentally preparing for the UFC’s other top light-heavyweight contender, Lyoto Machida. As Sugar told Sherdog:

The kid’s been phenomenal. He’s been better than phenomenal. He’s been looking better every fight. But that’s the fight business. That’s the fun part about a fight is the fact that you go in there with an opponent that sometimes seems insurmountable. But then you figure it out and that makes the victory that much sweeter. With that said, there may be some kinks in his armor that I have yet to see that I can exploit when I look at the tapes more closely. Machida’s been looking slicker than I don’t know what, but everybody has a weakness even if you do look slick as oil. Everyone has a weakness.”

Rashad also discussed what was going through his head during the infamous face-off that followed Jackson’s defeat of Jardine:

“I didn’t expect any of that, man. I was just going to do the face-off and what not but then he started talking trash. I wasn’t even in the mood to play or joke around, I just saw one of my best friends lose a fight which I had him winning until the last 10 seconds. I see the hurt in [Jardine’s] eyes and he’s so upset and he’s disappointed and I feel, like, bad for him. Then this dude is bumpin’ his gums at me, and honestly, I really wanted to punch him in his face, but I knew that wasn’t the right time to do that so I just tried to stay as composed as possible because I don’t like to talk trash. Whenever I got into a street fight I never talked — I just hit. I never liked to be in someone’s face that close just talking.

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Mil-Murder- April 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm
I totally agree theres no way that Evans can beat this man, its going to be really fun watching Evans trying to chase him around the ring
Anonymous- March 13, 2009 at 10:08 am
Is matt hamil an asshole too!
UFC fan- March 11, 2009 at 9:35 pm
The Irish Wolfhound Says:
Tue, 03/10/2009 - 14:11

@ UFC Fan

First off, at least try to keep the bigotry out of your words, secondly don't talk down about Griffin, the guy has improved so much already and he isn't an egomaniac like so many of the other fighters, he can only get better."

first off---fuck OFF dickweed, don't tell me what to think or say, don't like it, leave you pussy.
Griffin was a good guy till he won the belt, and he turned into an egomaniac, he learned a lesson, he wasn't as good as he thought.
rashad is now the same way, he never talked shit like that before now he has GOLD in his eyes, and thinks his shit don't stink.
He became a nigger...and fuck you if you don;t like it.
herald foster- March 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm
he doesnt like to talk trash? does anyone remember the press conference after the tito fight? i lost a ton of respect for rashad after that. he sounded like a child. not to mention hes only undefeated because tito got a point taken away. people hate on tito but you gotta admit he did a lot better against rashad than chuck or forrest...
f-dubb- March 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm
machida half-jap/brazilian not white genius!
Keyser Soze- March 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm
Although Machida is undefeated, he's fought only one of the top ranked LHW's in Thiago Silva. No Liddel or Rua, no Forrest Griffin, no Wanderlei Silva or Michael Bisping, and hasn't even fought Keith Jardine. And he earns a title shot how? Because he's undefeated? Look at the cans he's fought. The only credible names are Ortiz (aging and distracted), and Franklin and Bonnar WAY back in the day new to mma.

Rampage and Evans would be a good brawl, and a bigger ppv draw than Machida, talent notwithstanding. I'd personally prefer to see Rampage and Evans purely for entertainment value alone. At least you could be certain both fighters would leave it all in the cage.

FWIW, think that you could line up Evans and Machida, give them the 20 lbs handicap... and Anderson Silva would still whip them both in under 3 rounds combined. This isn't America's Best Dance Crew or hide and seek.

I'd pass on a Machida/Evans main event ppv unless the undercard was a really good lineup. Rampage and Evans would be worth it, for two reasons. Rampage is comical, and I can't wait to see Evans lose. Ask Marvin Eastman what black on black crime is all about.
backbaconbilly- March 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm
@ My Fight Wiffa Cheeto Says

LMAO, get with the program and pay attention to what really goes on junior. If you wanna swing from Rashad's ball sack thats fine, everyone has a favourite fighter in each division, but at least follow along with what people are REALLY saying in their comments.
Payday- March 10, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Rashad said, "...I just tried to stay as composed as possible because I don’t like to talk trash"

And in other news, the Tooth Fairy is real, the world economy is in great shape, and Kimbo Slice is the real deal.
MC- March 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm
Machida or Rampage both beat Rashad. In all reality, when was the last fight Rashad looked great in? He lost the first round to Chuck before hitting him with the overhand right from hell, and he lost the first 2 rounds to Forrest. The last fight Rashad looked good in was against Jason Lambert at UFC 63. He didnt look good against Bisping, he got a draw against Tito, which was solely Titos fault, and he arguably lost the first round to Sean Salmon before hitting him with the headkick. Yes, Rashad is good, but hes not at the same level as Machida, or Rampage for that matter.
cody m- March 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm
R.E. "I'll gif you the firce punch muther fucker"
Q.J. "don't say that rashad"
I want a full script of that trash talk session!!
The Irish Wolfhound- March 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm
@ UFC Fan

First off, at least try to keep the bigotry out of your words, secondly don't talk down about Griffin, the guy has improved so much already and he isn't an egomaniac like so many of the other fighters, he can only get better.
The Irish Wolfhound- March 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm
hahaha i always laugh when Evans talks to the magazines. He says he doesnt like to talk trash, but i guess acting like an over pompous dick during the fight can slide. Go Rampage.
SMITH313- March 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm
i wanna like evans but everytime his mouth opens i realizes why i hated him in the first place. no matter who he fights outta lyoto or rampage he's gonna lose!! he is by far the most over rated fighter in the ufc.
UFC fan- March 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Up until that face-off from his first fight on TUF I was a Rashad fight, been his fan since day 1, BUT after that face-off, I am not sure. That pissed me off so bad to see him turn into a stupid nigger.
He went from a classy, funny black guy with an education to a street thug fucking disappointing. Walk up in a real expensive suit, and just "devolve" to absolute absurd bullshit talk!!
I been thinking about it, when all you can do is talk that kinda shit with some dude in your face, and you aren't cool enough to think of anything, and you let your inner child are a scared mofo!
Rashad Evans is scared of rampage, that's all I can think of.
And if hes afraid of rampage Machida will destroy him.
Rashad you are gonna be a 1 time champ JUST like Griffin. Enjoy your time with the belt, cause come the next fight you are going down, and most likely OUT.
ADW- March 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm
Its about goddamn time Machida got a title shot! Fuck Rashad Evans! I hope Machida kicks the piss out of him. I think that this will be a better fight anyway. Rashad is pretty fast. I think he can catch machida with something.
chauncy the janitor- March 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm
dude fucking stop smoking dan quinn's crystal meth. quinton is nowhere near the level of machida
Douchey McDoucherton- March 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm
LOL @ Rampage getting turned away from the exit. That's just like the "white man" always turning the "brotha man" away.
Wads- March 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm
I'm just a little worried and slightly confused about the way Rashad is going to try to submit Rampage if they do indeed fight. From the post fight interview with Rogan, "As far as me fighting Rampage, Ima dig in dat ass." I know they're into some weird stuff at the Jackson camp, but I've never heard of this sub. Is it called a Sub Sub?
KG- March 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Rashad / Jackson is not going to happen anytime soon.

It will be Machida / Evans, Machida will get the title. From there It will be Jackson / Machida, with Machida holding the title. From there.. who knows.
ihatejardine!!alot- March 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm
out of all the guy in the UFC i would want to kick it with RAMPAGE the most . he is hella funny!!
KG- March 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm
LOL @ Rampage with his "Black on Black crime"

...All those people in Newport Beach he almost ran over in his monster truck must have been white and/or mexican... time to make up for the lack of Black targets! I bet this crime will be dismissed as well.
d0zer- March 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm
We haven't seen high quality black on black action in the UFC since forever.
MC Obscene- March 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Maybe Brown on Black crime instead of Black on Black crime. Either way, I hope Evans gets KTFO!!!!!!!
TMD- March 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm
last 10 sec LMAO. He beat him all 3 rounds. Jardine, and Evans need to stop blowing each other. I hope they never let anyone commentate again that is friends with the fighter fighting. I got tired of Evans taking about how good Jardine was when he was getting beat. Jardine takes a punch, Evans says Joe he was prepared for that shot. Even after he lost Evans was like yeah but he got the fight he wanted. I was like Evans STFU halfway through the fight because he sucked at commentating but was excellent at a cheerleader. Maybe the nipple tweaks mean more than we know?
Adseven- March 10, 2009 at 11:45 am
Rashad doesn't like to talk trash?

No, he much prefers to grab his crotch during a fight, wiggle his hips and tweak his nipples. Douchbag!