“I apologize for the fight not so much because I lost but because of how it went down. I always like to put on exciting fights for the fans but Rashad came out to use that ‘Greg Jackson’ plan: be boring and squeak out a victory. So that bothers me more than the loss… The reason why [I didn’t go in for the kill in the 3rd] is because I thought he wanted me to rush in so he could take me down again. That’s the worst time to rush in and take somebody out. So the whole time I was walking on eggshells and trying to keep him from taking me down because Rashad is an awesome wrestler and I was having trouble getting up off the floor. So I figured if I rushed in he was gonna take me down… I remember one other thing he was doing – he was punching me in my knee! It was weird because I had suffered a real bad knee injury in camp but we kept it secret, we didn’t say anything about it and we didn’t even tell the UFC…I told my doctor and that was it, he helped me out but I was going to back out of the fight. The only reason I didn’t back out was the fight had been so hyped and I didn’t want to disappoint the fans. Why was he punching me in the knee though? That’s kind of weird – did he find out about the injury? I don’t know. Its weird.”
—Rampage Jackson, via Fighters Only, apologizing for how his highly anticipated fight with Rashad Evans went down
Rampage-Rashad definitely wasn’t the most exciting fight we’ve ever seen. Can’t really blame Rashad though. He fought smart and still almost got knocked out. You know your opponent’s a dangerous SOB when that happens.
That’s all in the past now though. Rashad gets a little time off while he waits for Shogun to recover from knee surgery, and Rampage moves onto another fight or maybe even another movie. Dana White mentioned Lyoto Machida. A lot of people have suggested Forrest Griffin. I’m just hoping for a fight period. This one fight a year plan he’s been on kinda sucks.
On a side note, Rampage will be a guest tonight on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Update: Rashad Evans says WTF? Who are you calling boring?
And so it continues…
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