It wasn’t a sure thing on Saturday night following UFC 113 in Montreal, but it looks like the winner of the upcoming fight between Quinton
“Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will get the first shot at Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s title.
Evans and Jackson are about to settle their grudge at UFC 114 in just over two weeks, and UFC president Dana White confirmed with the Carmichael Dave Show on Sports 1140 in Sacramento, that the winner gets Shogun first.
“The winner of the Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans fight will get the first shot at Shogun,” White said via text message to Carmichael Dave.
Speculation has been running rampant since the fight that former UFC light heavyweight champion Randy Couture could be the first challenger for the title. Couture told MMAWeekly Radio in an exclusive interview last week that he hoped within 6 months to get a crack at the winner of Shogun/Machida.
“I think within the next six months I’d like to be in line to fight the winner of the Machida/Shogun fight,” said Couture.
While Couture appears all but signed to face James Toney in August to welcome the former pro boxer to MMA, it appears he’ll have to wait a little longer if he wants to get a shot at the 205lb belt.
Evans and Jackson have long been at odds since the two fighters coached opposite of one another during season 10 of the “Ultimate Fighter”
reality show, but the two former champions are also rated the top contenders in the division as well.
Not only will bragging rights be on the line when they square off, but a title shot against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua just added a whole new element to the main event for UFC 114 later this month.