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UFC 96: Evans vs ‘Rampage’ Jackson In The Works


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From: Heddy 3 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:26 PM
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MMAmania.com can confirm that a main event title fight between newly crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans (13-0-1) and former 205-pound kingpin Quinton Jackson (29-7) could be added to the UFC 96 card at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7.

Perhaps the only thing currently standing in the way is time — both fighters face relatively tight turnarounds (nine weeks) since their most recent winning performances at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008″ on Dec. 27.

If the showdown is eventually booked, it would be yet another attempt by the promotion to deliver UFC fans in the “Buckeye State” — who appear to be spoiled with colossal main events — another exciting showdown to cheer about.

UFC 82, the most recent pay-per-view (PPV) event to be held there, was a star-studded card that was packed with talent from the bottom up, featuring the 185-pound showdown between UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, and the last man to hold the Pride FC 183-pound belt, Dan Henderson.

In addition, Randy Couture blew the lid of the Nationwide Arena back at UFC 68 when he returned from retirement to score and improbable win over Tim Sylvia to capture the heavyweight title at the age of 43.

Despite the opportunity to reclaim his light heavyweight title, “Rampage” was initially lukewarm to the idea of facing Evans in his first fight since flatlining Wanderlei Silva with a thunderous left hook at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008.”

The new-look Jackson, poised and confident thanks to a new training camp at Wolfslair in the UK, had his sights set on former title holder and opposing coach from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Forrest Griffin.

Griffin scored an unlikely unanimous decision win over Jackson at UFC 86 back in July. This was after Jackson toppled Marvin Eastman, Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson to reign supreme in the talent-rich 205-pound class. Jackson still feels like he was robbed by the judges and wants to prove that he is indeed the superior fighter.

It would have been a big money rematch, but more than likely not as big as a fight against “Sugar” now that Evans bested Griffin at UFC 92. Griffin also broke his left hand in the second round of that fight and apparently needed to have pins surgically inserted into his hand to help expedite the healing process.

In short, Jackson is the next in line for a shot at the gold with Griffin on the bench until at least the summer while the two other worthy challengers Thiago Silva and Lyoto Machida — set to collide at UFC 94: “St. Pierre vs Penn 2″ — determine who will be waiting for him should he prevail.


From: vic06 Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:27 PM
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Here we go!

From: Mad Xyientist 52 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:28 PM
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That show needs it.  They're both in fight shape without injuries, take the damn fight.

From: TBidness 3 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:29 PM
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I really hope this ends up being the main event.

Would be fucking sweet.

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Posted: 1/14/09 2:31 PM
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 good news.

From: TnMMAFan Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:31 PM
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Rampage Round 2 TKO

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Posted: 1/14/09 2:31 PM
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Before everyone gets all crazy...not true.

From: Ramon Maroni Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:32 PM
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sweet thats my Bday

From: Heddy 3 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:39 PM
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saucylv33 - Before everyone gets all crazy...not true.
:(

From: Mad Xyientist 52 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:39 PM
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 well that kills that I guess. 

From: the dazzle Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:43 PM
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dammit >:O

From: TBidness 3 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:43 PM
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Ouch.

That sucks.

From: Hardcharger Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 2:45 PM
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saucylv33 - Before everyone gets all crazy...not true.



It seemed like too short notice for a title fight.

If they announced it later this week, it would only be 7 weeks of training camp, which includes fight week.

Tough logistics too, with Rashad's coach having GSP's fight to worry about the next 2 weeks, not to mention Rashad having training partners with big fights in the meantime. Rampage would have to organize is camp in England, which would be even more of a logistical nightmare.

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Posted: 1/14/09 2:56 PM
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fap....

I'm so glad I have tickets. I hope this happens!

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Posted: 1/14/09 3:15 PM
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Good!

This is the fight that needs to happen.

From: Mad Xyientist 52 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 3:16 PM
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 LOL @ people who don't read the whole thread before posting.

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Posted: 1/14/09 3:34 PM
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Looks like Lyoto won't get a title shot til the end of the year at the earliest.

From: Brian Rule 300 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 3:38 PM
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^ LMAO, especially considering the post right before it

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Posted: 1/14/09 3:41 PM
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 UFC better put their thinking caps on... Columbus has only sold 6,000 tickets thus far and that's at very fan friendly prices. The place holds over 19,000. If a legit main event isn't announced, it could be the lowest attended major show in a long time. 

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Posted: 1/14/09 3:52 PM
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For a great main event like that I might actually attend.  So tell them to keep working on it saucy :-) .

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Posted: 1/14/09 7:29 PM
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 so many fights to see at LHWT, I can't wait!  TTT

From: saucylv33 857 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 7:32 PM
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epwar - More proof the UFC hates Rashad!

Forrest got 6 months (24 weeks) between winning and his first title defense. Rashad gets 9 weeks and the quickest turnaround to defend in the UFC in recent years. They probably want the strap off him so they can do Rampage-Liddell III at UFC 100 in July (you know that is what they are thinking).



Read the posts on the thread.

From: Heddy 3 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 7:32 PM
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saucylv33 - 
epwar - More proof the UFC hates Rashad!

Forrest got 6 months (24 weeks) between winning and his first title defense. Rashad gets 9 weeks and the quickest turnaround to defend in the UFC in recent years. They probably want the strap off him so they can do Rampage-Liddell III at UFC 100 in July (you know that is what they are thinking).



Read the posts on the thread.
LOL

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Posted: 1/14/09 8:47 PM
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saucylv33 - can you please give some insight on if they are adding a main event or what to this card

From: boda 1 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 1/14/09 9:43 PM
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TTT

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