The first episode of the latest series of UFC Primetime gets underway tonight after The Ultimate Fighter, featuring last seasons coaches Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jacksonn and ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans.
UFC execs will surely have high hopes for latest series since there’s already an intense rivalry between the two fighters that was well documented on TUF season 10, and it’s only going to escalate over the course of the next three episodes leading up to their showdown at UFC 114 on May 29th.
Really it’s a perfect storm for the UFC – two former champions and sworn enemies who are not afraid to speak their mind fighting for the chance to earn another title shot.
Therefore I’m anticipating this being the highest rated Primetime show on Spike so far, outdoing the previous ‘BJ Penn Vs GSP 2’ and ‘GSP Vs Hardy’ editions, and it should also have a healthy impact on the PPV sales for the event into the bargain.
To build up the hype for tonight’s premiere two clips featuring the fighters have been released today. The first features Rampage in a deadly serious mood as he stares straight into the camera and tells Evans hes coming to ‘destroy’ him.
Evans on the other hand has a more light-hearted message for Rampage, telling him that he’s bought him a ‘Snuggie’ so he can keep warm when he gets knocked out.
Check out both clips below along with a promo spot for the show.
UFC Primetime Promo Spot: