Thursday, May 28, 2009

No Need To Sugarcoat It

Rampage is ducking Machida.

The UFC offered him a title shot and he turned it down in favor of fighting Rashad Evans. This has nothing to do with whether the UFC wanted Evans on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Rampage. He even said it himself, "They told me I could fight whoever and I had my mind set I would fight Evans."

An offer was made and he declined. If he accepted, the UFC would have reached out to Machida and asked him to coach. Or, they would have taken Rampage off the show. A title bout trumps it. After all, the major function of The Ultimate Fighter is to serve as an advertising vehicle for UFC PPVs.

In MMA, opportunities are fleeting. I think this is a huge mistake. While Rampage is wallowing in Ultimate Fighter Limbo, the guy who took his title will be facing Anderson Silva. A win by Forrest Griffin would bump Rampage from the number one contender spot. Coupled with a loss to Evans and Rampage won't sniff a title shot in 2010.

If his goal is to get "his belt" back, he's going about it the wrong way.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

He probably is ducking Machida, with good reason I might add...

But he did want the Rashad fight badly. He recently said that Rashad refused to fight him* in favor of an "easier" fight with Machida(turned out to be a huge mistake for Rashad).

On top of refusing to fight Rampage, Rashad said that Lyoto was more deserving of a title shot. Basically, Rashad was talking smack about Rampage while he chickened out to fight him.

*Rashad was supposedly asked to defend his title agaisnt Rampage, he refused. As a result, Rampage fought Jardine instead.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit!!!

chappyd said...

rampage is a punk.

Anonymous said...

Rearnaked, whether he ducked the fight or not, are we under appreciating Rampage's wrestling? Maybe I'm remembering it wrong, but didn't Rampage out wrestle Dan Henderson for five straight rounds when they fought?

Anonymous said...

what does wrestling have to with ducking a fight?

Anonymous said...

That last comment applied more to an older post, but I put it here because I didn't want it burried.

Rear Naked said...

When Rampage fought in Pride, he used his wrestling a lot more. Since Ibarra, he's convinced himself he's a boxer. Knock outs over Liddell and Silva have solidified the belief.

If he went back to using his wrestling/strength in combination with his boxing, he probably could give Machida a fight. I just don't see him having any interest in wrestling. Takes more energy during the fight, it's more difficult to practice. He's content with hitting the heavy bag for a couple months then throwing bombs during the fight. Works against most guys, but not a counterstriker like Machida.

Blackhawk said...

To the first poster - I don't think Rashad ducked Rampage to fight Lyoto. If I remember correctly Rampage had a ligament injury to his jaw that forced him out of that fight and paved the way for Lyoto. Until that injury Lyoto was probably going to fight Rua next to have a shot at the belt.

It is interesting to see Jackson turn down this fight. Like RN said it will only make it tougher for him to get a title shot. I mean who turns down a title shot to fight someone that just lost it?

gogoface said...

Machida's intimidation factor just went through the roof. Rampage destroyed Liddell's and now he's building Machida's.

Anonymous said...

According to Rampage, Rashad ducked him for a fight in UFC 96.

http://www.versus.com/wec

Click on the "UFC Videos" tab. Title is "Quinton Jackson Interview"