So Rashad “Suga” Evans (16-1) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (30-7) are finally gonna face off May 29 at UFC 114. Well, it must be true since the banners are flying. But the real question is who fuckin’ cares? Certainly not us here at Cyberaxis. Why? Well because it is just not an interesting fight. Not by an octagonal mile. Rashad Evans vs Rampage Jackson is a showdown between a slugger who can take serious punishment and a thumper who can also get down. If the UFC had its head screwed on right, it would stage this fight as a fan-appreciation freebie. What would be more Fan Expo than a freebie for the hard-bitten fans?
Nuttin’ but winners all around.
Rampage “Call Me Mr T” Jackson gets to have his ass whupped live on TV and the fans get to enjoy a low-calorie freebie while the world gawks at the wonder of the un-choreographed mayhem that is MMA. Can you say “mo better fans”? What’s there not to like Dana?
Rashad and Rampage were originally scheduled to fight in UFC 107 as the finale to their coaching rivalry in The Ultimate Fighter 10 TV show. The anticipated fight fell apart after Jackson accepted a film role as B.A. Baracus in the remake of the The A Team.
For the money, this fight has so little going for it that we would rather see two MMA grannies go at it Beverly Hillbilly style. We mean seriously, who friggin’ cares if a more fresh thumper (Rashad Evans) edges out a veteran slugger from the golden edge of Pride (Quinton Jackson)? Not us here at Cyberaxis. And it certainly doesn’t help matters that this fight was hatched in the froth of an over-dramatized TV show. The souped-up story-line resulted in the fake face-off at the end of UFC 96 after Rampage’s thumping of Keith Jardine (Heave! See pic on the right.) Vince McMahon would have been proud.
The UFC is, among other things, in the business of creating froth, substantive or otherwise – the latter being synonymous with hype. It is our job to call it as we see it. UFC 114 in the UFC trying trying to tie up the loose ends of bad decisions(dropping the Machida vs Jackson ball) and mishaps (Jackson being incensed enough to temporarily quit the UFC.) This is the MMA equivalent of the a promotional organization (the UFC) making wide turns. A measure of the irrelevance of this fight is that it can fall off the face of the earth and nothing in MMA will move. If Rampage wins, he proves he still got the mojo – tick, tock, tick, tock (Rampage probably never recovered from the knees he received from Shogun in Pride.) If Evans wins, chalk one up for fresh talent – the noobs who are about to take over the dojo.
In case you missed it, we think Evans will edge out Rampage on the strength of his freshness, strength and quickness. He may not have the experience that Jackson has, but he has fewer injuries. Read that less banged up. The MMA Betting Blog is giving Rampage a slight edge (Rampage -130 Evans +100. ) The other thing going for Evans is that Rampage probably doesn’t have as much fire in the belly as he lets on. He is probably not over the B.A. Baracus thing and the brouhaha that surrounded it. How much is Rampage’s mind in this fight? Well, let’s just say, we wouldn’t put our money on it.
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