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Rampage vs. Rashad: By the Numbers

(They were so much in love. VidProps: YouTube.)

With just a few hours left before they actually climb into the cage, there is not much more to say about the UFC 114 bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans that hasn’t already been written and rewritten by MMA scribes, or said by the fighters themselves. Said, and then repeated … then repeated again while standing uncomfortably close to each other. Indeed, after wasting so much of our time with their ridiculous (and repetitive) trash talk during the past few months, these two dudes better fucking bring it tonight.

Instead of adding to the mountainous pile of  terrible clichés already being used to describe this fight – i.e. “it’s time to let their fists do the talking!” as the radio ad airing in my town declares — as a final look at this odd coupling,  I offer just a few numbers that characterize each man’s career up to this point.

They say numbers don’t lie, after all …

21 – Approximate number of times (combined) the two fighters repeat themselves during the one minute, 36 second video at top. In fact, repeating the same words over and over again has perhaps been the defining characteristic of the Rampage vs. Rashad feud. Not surprising, considering Jackson has been repeating the same “bad breath” jokes and tired catch phrases for, oh, about a decade now.

168 – Length in days of the delay caused by Jackson’s “retirement” in scheduling this fight. The pair was originally slated to meet at UFC 107 on Dec. 12, 2009.

2 – Number of common opponents shared by Jackson and Evans after 53 combined professional fights: Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin. Evans defeated both. Jackson has beaten Liddell twice, but lost to Griffin at UFC 86.

5,279.12 –  Distance in miles between Jackson’s home in Irvine, Calif. and Widnes, United Kingdom, location of the Wolfslair Academy, where he now trains. After a 14-month layoff, Jackson’s physical fitness and general preparedness could both be key in this match-up, especially now that he works full-time with a team without anyone who can truly push him. Meanwhile, Evans did most of his homework at MMA’s new it facility, Grudge Training Center in Colorado. So you know he’ll be ready.

406 – Length in days of Jackson’s UFC light heavyweight title reign. From May 26, 2007-July 5, 2008.

147 – Length in days spent by Evans as UFC light heavyweight champion, from December 27, 2008-May 23, 2009. It was the shortest 205-pound title reign in UFC history.

29.7 – Percentage of Jackson’s professional fights that have gone to decision (11- of-37).

2 – Number of those decisions lost by Jackson.

46.6 – Percentage of Evans’ professional fights that have gone to decision (7-of-15).

0 – Number of those decisions lost by Evans.

10-1 – Professional MMA record of Rampage Jackson when he debuted for Pride Fighting Championships on July 29, 2001.

5-11-1 – Total combined record of Jackson’s 11 opponents up to that point. Five of those opponents faced Rampage in their first-ever MMA fight. In his Pride debut, Jackson lost to Kazushi Sakuraba by rear naked choke after five minutes, 41 seconds of fighting. Sakuraba’s MMA record headed into that fight was 12-3-1, plus one no contest.

26-13-1 – Sakuraba’s record as of Saturday morning, after he lost to Ralek Gracie via decision at Dream.14 the night before.

24 – Total number of fights in Jackson’s career before April 10, 2004, the night Evans made his professional debut. Evans defeated Dennis Reed by submission 50 seconds into the first round at a  DangerZone show in Osceola, Iowa.

14-1-1 – Official record of Rashad Evans, according to fight finder.

19-1-1 – Official record of Rashad Evans according to his profile. This record includes two amateur fights as well as Evans’ three exhibition victories while competing on season two of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
812 – Length in days between stoppage victories for Evans after he defeated Brian Pardoe by first-round TKO at Gladiator Challenge on June 2, 2004. Evans won his next five fights by decision before knocking out Jason Lambert at UFC 63 on August 23, 2006. This stretch includes the calendar year of 2005, when Evans only fought one regulation bout due to his appearance on “TUF.”

325,000 – Amount in dollars of disclosed salary paid to Jackson after his defeat of Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92. Figure does not include $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

130,000 – Amount in dollars of disclosed salary paid to Evans at the same event, after he beat Forrest Griffin to capture the UFC light heavyweight title. Figure does not include $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.

4,000 – Amount in dollars of disclosed salary paid to undercard fighter Dan Evensen at UFC 92, after he succumbed to Pat Barry’s legs kicks 2:36 into the first round. No bonus awarded.

4 – Number of post-fight bonuses awarded to Jackson in six UFC appearances.

3 – Number of post-fight bonuses awarded to Evans in 11 UFC appearances.

72 – Hours spent in jail by Rampage Jackson after leading police on a chase down the 55-Freeway in California 10 days after losing his belt to Forrest Griffin.

6 – Number of criminal charges filed against Jackson as a result of the chase: Two felonies and four misdemeanors. As part of a plea agreement, Jackson later pleaded guilty to one felony count of evading a police officer and one misdemeanor count of  reckless driving. Those charges were dismissed after he completed 200 hours of community service and complied with other terms of the agreement.

6 – Number of fights left on a new UFC contract signed by Rampage Jackson on March 24, 2010.

3 – Number of male offspring fathered by Rampage Jackson who have the legal middle name “Rampage.”

5 – Hours until the scheduled start of UFC 114, as of this writing.

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mikesite- May 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm
All intelligence aside Rashad fell hook line and sinker for that sucker line.
ghostboner- May 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm
@FBF - INXS & Kung Fu: The Legend Continues references = awesome.
fatbellyfrank- May 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm
Yeah dont use the Michael Hutchence or David carradine method, kills the buzz somewhat
Mr_Misanthropy- May 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm
@ Fats Domino

I'm not sure what the hoopla is, apparently some of these sick fucks have been sitting around whacking off to some weird fantasy image of myself that involves boobs and cadavers. I'm sure it must be a coincidence and nothing personal, they just needed SOMEBODY to play the role. If it wasn't me, it probably would've been the mail man.

I'm just hoping nobody was using a crystal ball and that at some point in the near future I'm going to experiment with auto-erotic asphyxiation and like it so much that I'm going to masturbate hanging until my penis falls off and I simultaneously perish. I will probably be doing this with the window open, because I like fresh air, and some stray animal will make off with my detached dong as a tasty snack. This confluence of events will lead to an unfortunate and embarrassing gaffe on the part of the coroner's office. It will be really difficult to explain all this to my mother if I'm already dead, but that's probably for the best anyways.

Note to self: always masturbate hanging with a clearly articulated suicide note/ explanation nearby to at least try to assuage some of the guilt of the living.
Angry Whopper- May 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm
17 - number of unnecessary, grudge-fueled, black on black crime-inspired punches landed by Rampage after Evans gets knocked unconscious. Nawm sayin'.
fatbellyfrank- May 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Mr Misanthropy, now whats all this about you bein dead and bein a chick, I was away last week with work shit and came back to read all this wierd shit bout ya bro
Mr_Misanthropy- May 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm
More than 1: the number of faceless dead who sleeps wit da fishes in the Brisbane harbor. Don't fuck with the Australian Don, you could get disappeared. Why do you think he uses an on-screen moniker?
fatbellyfrank- May 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm
I give a shit trousersnout, thats just hurtful, why so mean? cant we all just get along?
TrouserSnout- May 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm
3 - The number of posts by fatbellyfrank that nobody gives a shit about.
fatbellyfrank- May 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm
1 number of brain cells Shitbags has that are still functional
fatbellyfrank- May 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm
100 number of dollars I will win if Shad submits shitbags
fatbellyfrank- May 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm
6: number of cans of whoop ass I hope Rashad opens up on Shitbag jackson
HotPotato- May 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Anyone got a stream for the prelims? I would greatly appreciate it, my fellow CagePotatoes.
2DaDeath- May 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Oh, it's the magic number.

Yeah it is.

It's the magic number.
JCVD as Timecop- May 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm
1 - is the loneliest number.

I'm calling Rampage with brutal head kick KO 1:33 in the first, because I like to live in a dream world.
MediumRare- May 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm
2 - number of rounds it will take Rampage to put Rashad to sleep.

Rashad won't get Rampage to the ground. Randleman couldn't and Rashad won't.

Rashad can't hang with Rampage on the feet.

Looking forward to Shogun flogging the piss out of Rampage (or Rashad if I'm proven wrong).
Mr_Misanthropy- May 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm
1: number of law suits you should be expecting from Reader's Digest, a company that has cornered the market on publishing tomes of useless facts and meaningless statistics.
Almost North- May 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm
14 minutes 54 seconds : The length this fight will go longer than the Lombard fight.
ytrebil- May 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm
Why the hell does Rashad get so much stick? It's Rampage who came across badly on TUF where as Rashad was always fairly reserved and most things he did say were much more articulated than Rampage's childish playground stuff.

I hope Rashad wins.
Your Dumb- May 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm
15 - The number of minutes it will take fight fans to realize that the grudge didn't translate to a good fight
ninjuh- May 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Rampage is going to win. I don't care what Cage Potato editors say, you guys will eat crow tonight ;)

510koaLa- May 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm
Tai-Pan- May 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm
I second that Charlie, good article. Interesting to know Rashad had the shortest LHW reign ever.

I don't even know what to think of naming THREE of your kids middle names Rampage. Fucked.

9/10- The hotness of the waitresses at the bar I will be attending this evening.
0/10- The amount of those waitresses I will bring home.
Charming Charlie- May 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm
Good article. Very interesting.
LickMyAoki- May 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm
anyone feel like sending me an email?