After defeating Rampage Jackson in one of the UFC’s biggest ever grudge matches, Rashad Evans talked to Joe Rogan about his strategy for the fight.
“The gameplan was simple, it was just not to have a gameplan at all. Just know what I do well, know what he doesn’t do well, and stay out of positions I’m not too good at,” he revealed.
Evans had the upper-hand for much of the fight, but in the third he looked in serious danger after being dropped by Rampage.
“I went numb for a little bit,” he admits, “but that’s what happens sometimes.”
He survived Rampage’s assault though, and though he’s thankful that it’s over, he isn’t going to rule out the possibility of a rematch.
“It’s a huge relief. Me and Quinton wanted to put on a good show, and you know what if he want to do it again, I’d love to fight him again.”
Meanwhile, despite the war of words that occurred before the fight, Jackson remained dignified in defeat, and even had a few complementary words about his rival.
“I tried my best, Rashad is really tough I can tell he worked really hard, he was faster than I anticipated. He was the man here today.”
As for what went wrong, it’s not surprising that he points to the 15 months he had spent away from fighting as the root of his problems.
“I guess ring rust is a factor,” he acknowledged. “(The weight loss) was a lot of stress on me but I looked and felt good. It wasn’t factor in the fight.”
As you would expect Rampage is now calling for a rematch, though he’ll have to wait as Evans now moves on to a a title fight with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.