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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out of UFC 107 fight against Rashad Evans

quinton-jacksonFor the past few months MMA fans have highly anticipated the showdown between rivals Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans. The two recently completed filming for the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” (which is set to debut on Spike TV on September 16) and were set to face off against one another at UFC 107 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. However, those plans have apparently changed.

According to The Vancouver Sun, Jackson has had to delay the fight with Evans due to scheduling conflicts between the UFC 107 card and Jackson’s role as “B.A. Baracus” in the upcoming “A-Team” movie, which is set to begin filming in Vancouver in a few weeks.

Due to the scheduling conflicts, “Rampage” will not be able to put in a full-time training camp in preparation for his bout with Evans and has apparently asked the UFC to move the fight back to early-2010. This could put the UFC’s light heavyweight division at a stand still. With UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida defending his title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104 on October 24, the winner of the Evans/Jackson fight was expected to be named the #1 contender. If the UFC still expects to name the winner of that fight the #1 contender, that could mean the winner of the Machida/Rua fight may face a lay off of up to more than six months.

With the Evans/Jackson fight being postponed, it is now expected that UFC 107 will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title fight featuring BJ Penn defending his title against Diego Sanchez as well as Frank Mir squaring off against Cheick Kongo in a highly anticipated heavyweight battl, although nothing has been made official at this time.

24 COMMENTS
  • cocoonofhorror says:

    didnt you guys just report that Page Was not IN THE a-tEAM MOVIE? well, which is it?

  • xtreme_machine says:

    man that sucks. but i think the will just postponed it and give Rashad a fight in the meanwhile. Possible opponents – Randy, Anderson, Thiago, Vera,or Cane?

    also, do you guys think that this will affect the ratings for the show, since we know they will not fight after show is over?

    One more think. Should Rashad drop down to middleweight?

    I think he is a little short and heavy for LHW, because if he drops his his striking will be much crispier and much faster.

  • Bullylover says:

    It is true it is true. God damn rampage.What the hell is wrong with all these fighters putting off fights to do damn movies. Please nobody start with that “it’s a career move choice,let him act if he wants to” bullshit. Fighters fight and actors act not vice-versa. We the fans are the ones that lose when idiots like cung and huerta think they’re going to win an oscar or be the next calvin klein model. this is a fight that many of us were looking forward toand now because of this stupid move we’re going to miss out on it. Many thing’s can happen between now and early 20010. This fight will probably never happen now.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    hey Bullylover

    they are not doing it to win an Oscar, they are just looking for a job after fighting

    because not everyone is like Randy who his still going strong at 46.

    remember they need money to support their families and have a life after Dana does not let them fight anymore.

  • theinfamousjmo says:

    “remember they need money to support their families and have a life after Dana does not let them fight anymore.”

    This.

    And, compared to the other names flying around for B.A. (the big rumor was The Game, SERIOUSLY?!), I’d rather see Rampage.

  • metalmulisha says:

    Frank Mir vs Cheick Kongo in a highly anticipated heavyweight battle.

    Highly anticipated by who exactly?

  • s00nertp says:

    argggggggggggggggggggggggggggggh!
    (while not “highly” anticipated, I do want to see Mir vs Kongo)

  • Batman says:

    I wanted to see Mir fight Randy.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Let’s not be too critical of San Quinton:
    He has raised awareness for (as Dana said) Binge Drinking Energy Drink Related “Illness”. You will notice how many fewer athletes drive down the sidewalk in their ridiculously compensative four wheel drive trucks with their picture emblazoned on the side. Seriously, name one time this has happened since San Quinton “raised our awareness”.
    – He has elevated smack talk without back up to a new level. Think of all the San Quinton wannabes you and I will be able to experience now that you can talk a freighters’ worth of crap without backing it up. The trickle down on this will be amazing.
    – He has shown how to be completely disloyal to the Fertittas (the ones who bailed his sorry ass out of the Klink) and still appeal to his fanbase as some kind of victim. Abusive husbands wish for this kind of play.
    – Redefines over-rated. Taking a page from Cung Le, he maintains his place on a list of Top Ten fighters – get this – while playing “Dress Up and Pretend”. My three year old is impressed with this. And my three year old actually fights. Ask his brother.

    Well played, Quinton. You’re living the American dream. Living without consequence for the most inexcusable behavior, hiding behind an “illness”, talking trash, never backing it up AND – BONUS! – growing your Kool Aid drinking fanbase.
    Well played, San Q.

  • Guy Gaduois says:

    I forgot the new nickname contest.
    Quinton “Run-page” Jackson
    Quinton “Ranaway” Jackson
    Quinton “Playdate” Jackson

    I’ve got more, but I want the kids to have a chance…

  • Bullylover says:

    while that is true that fighters have kids to take care of and so on. This had nothing to do with the need to support his kids. He told dana white that he wanted to take the role because he watched the show with his dad. While i understand that he felt their was sentimental value to the part he has to remember what his REAL JOB is which is bashing heads in and not putting blush on for the camera. I’d rather see brett rodgers play mr. t before rampage.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    nickname contest my pick

    Quinton “Run-page” Jackson

    but another good one will be:

    Forest “Ranaway” Griffin

    – and he is going, going, and touchdown!

  • JBAR says:

    Maybe he could take Michael’s place and the Jackson 5 could make a comeback.

  • Makington says:

    I have absolutely no problem with fighters looking to make a lot of extra money and cash in on their popularity, but it seems like a lot of them are giving up on their priorities for it, which isn’t cool.

    Come on Rampage, man up.

  • Rich S. says:

    Cung Le is okay I suppose.. same for Huerta.. because they’re doing it in their free time..

    But Rampage KNEW that this fight was going to happen.. he knew WHEN it was going to happen.. and he knew this was a HUGE fight.. now it’s postponed, and could potentially not happen at all..

    Ridiculous.. Absolutely ridiculous..

  • Bullylover says:

    i was as big a rampage fan as anyone but this is seriously not cool. I’m starting to lose respect for rampage as the days go by.

  • I guess Rampage is just looking out for himself. The UFC checks wont come in forever. Maybe he sees how Chuck had such a quick fall from grace and wants to make sure he has something lined up for when it is his turn to hang em up.

  • Madmax says:

    Quote “because not everyone is like Randy who his still going strong at 46.”

    Two losses in a row, and one was a fancy ass kicking(lesnar)

    IDK if i’d call that going strong.

    Without checking and please correct if wrong, but seems like couture has lost 4 of his last 5, with sylvia being the win.

  • Madmax says:

    Maybe Jailpage just has some extremely high legal fees to pay. Costs a bunch to get out of felony charges, and theres this ladys lawsuit over the unborn child to consider. Personally, I lost all respect after he lost his precious belt and went bugshit over it. He should be in jail for his motorized “RAMPAGE”, and had his license revoked.

    Madmax

  • Bullylover says:

    actually madmax randy had 2 straicht wins the one over sylvia and the one over gonzaga.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    hey Madmax,

    it looks like you don’t know sh*t aside from what Wikipedia tells you

    you have to look at the fights it self

    against Brock he was winning the fight and brock was winded in the first round and with big as cut above his eye.

    Then with Nog he had what many are calling the fight of the year

    and now with him dropping to 205 i could see finally figuring out Machida

    next time don’t just judge by to outcome of the fight but by the actual fight itself.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    well then the ufc should say fuck rampages title shot. I’m all for fighters taking other career options, i think its fantastic that they can now make some money that doesnt involvo putting yourself through intense pain etc. but if rampage cant take the fight, fuck it, rashad vs Thiago Silva, Luis Cane vs someone who deserves a contender fight for the next title shot. nothing nees to be put on hold. Rampage starts at the bottom when he decides to come back. fuck it

  • Bullylover says:

    I agree with hindsight. That makes perfect sense. Why should he be able to come back after so many months off to think he’s going to get a shot at the title wheneverone else has to work for it.

  • TerribleT says:

    OK then I wonder if they would let Thiago Silva step in to fight Rashad? That’d be a good fight IMO.

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