Rampage Jackson & Rashad Evans

“It’s definitely off on the 12th. I am (going to fight him), but not when I’m supposed to. He’s kind of getting sidetracked taking other opportunities above fighting…They haven’t nailed down any dates, but they did say it would happen after the new year. I think they we’re waiting to speak with Quinton’s guys to see when exactly he feels he should be ready…If it couldn’t happen at all, I would definitely want to fight somebody else, but I know the UFC definitely has a lot invested in us fighting each other. It makes no sense for us to fight somebody else because then all that they have created is just a waste…I would stick with my obligations and do the fight. I know he has this amazing opportunity to do this acting, but at the same time, at the end of the day he’s still just going to be a fighter. He’s not going to be an actor. He’s a fighter. That’s what he does. We all want to branch off and do different things because we never know when this is going to end, but you have to remember what’s paying the bills for you at this particular time.”

—Rashad Evans, via Sherdog, confirming that his UFC 107 fight against Rampage Jackson has been postponed so Rampage can star in The A-Team.

Rashad makes the same argument a lot of people are making about the situation. Rampage is first and foremost a fighter — it’s why he got the role — so his obligations as a fighter should take precedence over any side projects regardless of how big they may be. I won’t disagree with that, but I think the positives outweigh the negatives in this instance. It doesn’t sound like the movie is going to postpone the fight for more than a couple months at the most, so there should still be a lot of heat between the two once it does happen. Rampage and the UFC are going to get a ton of exposure they wouldn’t get otherwise — basically free publicity for the UFC — and I’m sure that’s ultimately why they allowed Quinton to do the film. I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same.