An eagerly anticipated grudge match between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Rashad Evans is now set to headline the UFC 114 card in May.
The bout had originally been rumored to be the co-main event of UFC 113, headlined by Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua, but both are major fights and so today’s news, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, that they will now feature on separate events certainly makes sense.
Jackson and Evans have a well publicized dislike for each other which stemmed from their stint as opposing coaches during The Ultimate Fighter Season 10, where the trash-talking between the two became increasingly heated as the series progressed.
The fight between them had originally been set to take place at UFC 107 in December, but Jackson pulled out after landing the role of B.A Baracus in the Hollywood remake of The A Team.
At one stage it appeared that the fight may not take place at all as Jackson also had a public falling out with UFC president Dana White and announced his retirement from the sport, but he has since confirmed he will honor the remaining three fights on his contract.
That paves the way for what should be one of the biggest fights in the UFC’s calender this year, and with the news today that Brock Lesnar is to return to the promotion in the summer, it looks like the promotion is getting back up to full speed.
Upcoming UFC headline Fights:
- UFC 109: Randy Couture Vs Mark Coleman
- UFC 110: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs Cain Velasquez
- UFC 111: Georges St.Pierre Vs Dan Hardy / Frank Mir Vs Shane Carwin
- UFC 112: Anderson Silva Vs Vitor Belfort / BJ Penn Vs Frankie Edgar
- UFC 113: Lyoto Machida Vs Shogun Rua Rematch
- UFC 114: Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Vs Rashad Evans