Rampage Says Rashad Was Afraid When He Fought Machida

June 9, 2009
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By now, it’s no secret that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson isn’t fond of Rashad Evans. The two went nose to nose after UFC 96 and nearly fought at a recent photo shoot. Jackson is chomping at the bit for a fight with the former champion.

New champion Lyoto Machida was a frequent refrain at a media day for the tenth season of “TUF.” Jackson said Evans had it all wrong when he faced “The Dragon.”

“I think he was afraid,” said Jackson. “That’s what made him mess up. He didn’t do nothing — that’s what his mistake was. He let Machida do everything.

“Plus, he’s talking while Machida was trying to knock him out. He’s not defending… he’s talking. How you gonna talk while somebody’s trying to knock your head off? What do you do? Ask him to stop? What are you doing?”

Jackson’s general take on Evans was that he talked too much.

Not exactly an unbiased source for opinion, but Jackson believed Evans lost against Tito Ortiz and Michael Bisping as well.

Would he do things differently against Machida?

For one, he’d take the fight to the champion, he said.

“Yeah,” said Jackson. “I’m an aggressive fighter.”

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