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Dana White could be leaning towards Jackson for first shot at Evans

While no official decisions have been made regarding the first title defense by new UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, UFC President Dana White apparently is leaning towards promoting a fight between Evans and former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

“To be honest with you, I’d love to see Rashad vs. Rampage,” White revealed to host Dave Carmichael during Monday’s edition of ‘The Carmichael Dave Show.’ “I think that would be a fun fight.”

Carmichael was quick to ask whether a January court case stemming from Jackson’s felony arrest last July on alleged charges of evading, hit-and-run and reckless driving could effect matchmaking plans involving a Evans vs. Jackson title fight.

“No, I don’t think there should be any problems with Rampage legally,” White responded during his guest appearance on Carmichael’s show, which can be heard Monday through Friday from 9-midnight PT on Sports 1140 AM in Sacramento. “Obviously he’s got to go to court because that thing happened. But he had delerium. He had something wrong with him. It wasn’t like he was on drugs or drinking alcohol or doing any of that stuff. He was doing the right thing and he got sick and like anyone who got sick and goes to court, I don’t think he’s going to have any issues.”

No official decisions have been made whom Evans will defend his title against first, but if it isn’t Jackson, Lyoto Machida appears to be the other leading candidate. If Machida can defeat Thiago Silva at UFC 94 on January 31, White made it clear that he would fall under consideration for a future title shot.

“Lyoto is an awesome fighter,” White said. “He’s got a great fight coming up and both guys are undefeated… If he wins this fight he’s definitely in the mix too… A lot of people think his style is too evasive and not engaging but once he starts getting comfortable in that Octagon like all of the other guys, he’s going to come into his own and he’s going be very exciting. I expect big things from him.”

  • egad81 says:

    Moments after the Rashad win I called it that RAMPAGE or LYOTO would be his first test…. (its kinda a no brianer) but I forgot about Thiago Silva who is set to fight Lyoto.

    Who will be the next champ at 205?
    T. Silva?
    None of the above?

  • Brandon says:

    So what does Lyoto have to do to get a title shot? He’s already beaten big names like Penn, Franklin and Tito and in convincing fashion…

  • Jason G says:

    They haven’t tested him with many contenders at 205 thus far. Tito is the only one that comes to mind. They seem to be taking their sweet time with him. I don’t really understand why.

  • jimbo says:

    The 205 belt will be changing hands at least 2x in 09 I think. I dont see anyone dominating that division imo.

  • dk says:

    rampage vs rashad and forrest vrs wand i would seee

  • Dayzah says:

    Brandon , Penn and Franklin didnt get beat by Lyoto in UFC , so Dana doesnt give 2 shits about those wins.

    Not too mention Penn at 205 is just funny.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    There is open speculation that the UFC doesn’t want a “one in” fight for a guy like Fedor, especially for a belt when that fighter could walk away with the UFC belt and throwing midgets or hurtling giants on New Year’s Eve in Japan with YOUR belt. Very awkward.

    Well, if Rampage is allowed to fight for the belt, wins, and then is not acquitted or otherwise dismissed from consequence by a jury of his peers, it will be very awkward to have to figure out if YOUR belt is in Lompoc or still at Chino. How weird would it be for Rampage to go to San Quentin, which is a garbled transliteration of “Saint Quentin”? A vowel slip here or there and Rampage (God’s Soldier, mind you) could have been Saint Quinton. Well, a vowel slip and a sound mind, perhaps.

    Imagine this:
    The UFC Light Heavyweight Belt belongs to Cletus Ugly, serving two consecutive life terms. That would be a hard fight to book. I have odds that Five Ounces would ONLY be doing phone interviews with that new champion.

  • KTru says:

    Penn and Machida fought in an open weight grand prix. Machida will get his chance soon enough

  • The Somberlain says:

    San Quentin is actually spanish you ignorant jerk off. Considering California was part of New Spain aka Mexico, the name for the prison and hundreds of other cities in California are very likely to be…you guessed it, SPANISH. Rampage wont go to jail, celebrities never go to jail. If you havnt learned this well than theres really nothing anyone can do for you as a human being. Machida is going to pick apart T. Silva’s brawling style quite nicely but knowing people, he still won’t get the recognition or respect that he deserves.

  • JOe K. says:

    I’m glad to hear Dana is openly considering Machida as a candidate for a LHW title shot.

    I was pretty worried when they didn’t bother to show any footage of him on the ultimate fighter.


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