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UFC 114: Rashad Evans wrangles a win over Rampage Jackson in a snoozer of a fight (Fight Video)


Here is a truism: the UFC depends on our addiction to cheap thrills to cash in on fights like the one they sold off as a headliner between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans last night.  How bad was it? Well you head the  boos from fans not to mention a fight that, more often than not,  looked like a boxing match  instead of  an all-out mixed martial arts contest. Google Quinton Rampage Jackson vs Rashad Evans UFC 114 video.

So what went wrong? Well, nothing really. Things played out the way we expected. We had seen this coming a mile and called it right here. We had even suggested that the whole thing be put on  for free as a token of fan appreciation.  The fan who yelled “I want my money back!” at the end of the fight would certainly have appreciated it.

There  just was nothing in Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson or their styles to make this an interesting fight at all. And win or lose none of them would have been in a position to challenge Shogun for the light heavyweight title as rumored. Not Rampage and certainly not Rashad.

Rashad Evans Wins UFC 114

Rashad Evans wins UFC 114 – but is he ready for Shogun prime time? Probably not.

As things turned out, the more motivated pugilist, Rashad Evans, won – and in the process proved that he had developed a lot as a person and a fighter.  The knockdown and near knockout at the beginning of the 3rd found proved that Rashad had a tough chin inspite of the way he was knocked out cold in the  Machida fight. The fight also proved that Rampage  Jackson was in the audience watching this fight from the outside instead of the octagon where he belonged – and only he can tell us why that was.

The year-long lay-off (the so-called “rust” defense), the cutting of weight from a doughy 250lbs to 205lbs, the resignation from UFC and the B.A. Baracus brouhaha aside, there was a little tell-tale detail about mind-set before the fight. Weeks before the UFC 114, Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson gave  interviews about their impending fight. Rashad Evans was within his body: centered. Rampage Jackson appeared out of sorts – suspended somewhere between his physical head and a faraway place only he knew about.   If you were looking for a reason why Rampage was gonna lose his fight last night, this  was one of them.

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Appendices:

Link to all other UFC 114 fight videos (MMAShare.Com at MMABettingBlog)

UFC 114 like the proverbial tree in the forest: A non-event looking for eyes and ears


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?

Applause!

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.

Evans vs Jackson Faceoff

Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans at UFC 96: WWE theater sans the tights. Send in the clowns.

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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