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Verbal Warfare: Rampage Jackson vs Rashad Evans (Update)

Real or not (it sounds awfully real), Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans went at it earlier today on the UFC 114 conference call. They were yelling over each other so often, it was hard to tell what they were saying most of the time. A transcriber’s nightmare, though Sherdog somehow managed to do it. A few notes:

— Dana White reiterated that the winner gets Shogun, who apparently still “haunts” Rampage.

— Dana briefly addressed Rampage’s latest issues with the UFC.

“Rampage is very opinionated. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve been very fair with a lot of people. Me and my partners in this business have made a lot of people a lot of money. Rampage killed it in this “A-Team” movie and he’s going to make a lot of money. I want a piece of his second film.” [Ed. note: He said that jokingly, he’s not trying to get a piece of the movie.]

That’s a 180° from his previous stance on Rampage taking the role.

“‘Get a [expletive] grip, dude. You’re going to make a lot of money. You ain’t going to make a lot of money playing B.A. Baracus on ‘The A-Team.’ Jesus Christ. This [expletive] drives me [expletive] nuts.’ So yeah, I’m not a big fan of fighters doing movies. When your career is over, if you turn into a movie star, that’s awesome.”

And after they sorta made up.

“Hollywood is a pain in my ass sometimes,” White said. “The reality is that you get these Hollywood agents that start talking all this smack about what these guys are going to get, and these Hollywood agents deliver about four percent of what they’re talking. They usually don’t deliver…They got [Jackson] thinking that they’re going to make this movie for nothing, and then the sequel he’ll make $20 million.”

— Rashad thinks training partner Keith Jardine’s experience against Rampage gives him an edge

— Rampage says he trained even harder for Rashad than he did for his third fight against Wanderlei Silva. His best camp to date.

— Rashad brought King Mo in to help him with his wrestling.

Audio via Cagewriter. Full transcription of the call can be found here (.pdf) via MMA Junkie

Update: More audio via Cagewriter:

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