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.”