Rampage And Rashad Tapped For Coaching TUF 10

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The_Italian_Stallion
5/28/09 11:46:13AM
The UFC may have just thrown us a curveball.

The upcoming 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" will feature former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Rashad Evans as coaches, according to Fighter's Only.

So what about current champ Lyoto Machida, who won the title this past weekend at UFC 98?

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So a little change of plans... I like this way more than holding the belt up...
cowcatcher
5/28/09 12:02:30PM
i heard this was possible earlier today so that was a quick confirmation. one rumor has machida fighting shogun, and one that i read on sherdog mentioned shogun as well as randy. randy vs machida is the fight i suddenly want to see, but my guess is thats a sherdog born pipe dream.
Twenty20Dollars
5/28/09 12:03:19PM
I knew these are the coaches spiketv wanted.

Well that kinda sucks though, because I think after TUF 10. People are going to want to see Rashad and Rampage fight.

But there was TUF 2, were the coaches didnt fight in hughes and franklin.

Idk, its abit puzzling.
DCRage
5/28/09 12:29:51PM
Also didn't happen after TUF 4 (Couture and GSP). As noted before I'm perfectly fine with Rampage-actually looking forward to it because like him or hate him, his colorful personality makes for entertaining TV-but would've preferred Machida since they're going to fight anyway.
prozacnation1978
5/28/09 12:36:29PM
doesn't make sense

i think machida should fight shogun while evans and rampage are coaches, have them fight in dec for next title shot

to have rampage fight for title when tuf is filming is dumb move
how the hell will he train for the fight for one in wolfslair when he is fiming in vegas??

bad move, is this the best the ufc can do as coaches?? i say wandy vs chuck at 185 or catch weight??

don't get me wrong i like the set up and coaches but now is not the time for them to square off
Giant_Ochai
5/28/09 12:46:22PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

doesn't make sense

i think machida should fight shogun while evans and rampage are coaches, have them fight in dec for next title shot

to have rampage fight for title when tuf is filming is dumb move
how the hell will he train for the fight for one in wolfslair when he is fiming in vegas??

bad move, is this the best the ufc can do as coaches?? i say wandy vs chuck at 185 or catch weight??

don't get me wrong i like the set up and coaches but now is not the time for them to square off

Wandy vs Chuck at 185? If you want to see someone die trying to make weight that's a good fight.
CiaoBaby
5/28/09 1:12:47PM
Dumb. Why would Shogun get a title shot before Rampage? Can anyone answer that? Rampage has still not gotten a chance to win back his belt which he lost in an air tight split. Rampage is next, Shogun wins one more in the mean time, then maybe Shogun gets a crack at either Machida or Rampage. Because Rampage is funny and Rashad speaks english they both HAVE to do this show and put the whole division in limbo!?!? This is all very....ummm...Poopy if you ask me!
The_Metal_Maniac
5/28/09 1:17:40PM

Posted by CiaoBaby

Dumb. Why would Shogun get a title shot before Rampage? Can anyone answer that? Rampage has still not gotten a chance to win back his belt which he lost in an air tight split. Rampage is next, Shogun wins one more in the mean time, then maybe Shogun gets a crack at either Machida or Rampage. Because Rampage is funny and Rashad speaks english they both HAVE to do this show and put the whole division in limbo!?!? This is all very....ummm...Poopy if you ask me!



I pretty much agree. Machida is now forced to have a long lay off, unless they through an undeserving fighter in against him. I would love to see Rashad and Rampage fight, but where does that leave Machida?
DCRage
5/28/09 1:22:59PM

Posted by CiaoBaby

Dumb. Why would Shogun get a title shot before Rampage? Can anyone answer that? Rampage has still not gotten a chance to win back his belt which he lost in an air tight split. Rampage is next, Shogun wins one more in the mean time, then maybe Shogun gets a crack at either Machida or Rampage. Because Rampage is funny and Rashad speaks english they both HAVE to do this show and put the whole division in limbo!?!? This is all very....ummm...Poopy if you ask me!


Not necessarily. These Rua things are just rumors. Here's what we know so far that seems to be reliable info:
Rampage gets the next shot. Dana said so. Remember that Machida only got the shot at 98 because Rampage was hurt but Dana made it clear that when Rampage could go, he's next.
The Rampage-Machida fight could happen in September, but that's not confirmed by UFC. That comes by way of the lyotomachida.net website.
That's only a 4 month layoff for Machida, which isn't unreasonable for a champion.
lohmann
5/28/09 1:28:35PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

doesn't make sense

i think machida should fight shogun while evans and rampage are coaches, have them fight in dec for next title shot

to have rampage fight for title when tuf is filming is dumb move
how the hell will he train for the fight for one in wolfslair when he is fiming in vegas??

bad move, is this the best the ufc can do as coaches?? i say wandy vs chuck at 185 or catch weight??

don't get me wrong i like the set up and coaches but now is not the time for them to square off



It's maybe the best coaching call they've made. It's nearly apparent Zuffa wanted Evans to win at UFC 98, because there's already some animosity between two volatile (and funny) fighters to exploit with TUF. I think taking Machida out and putting in Evans is a great move, and will probably be the best pairing ever on the show (at least at its start), despite the implications it possibly has in the title picture.

I think Machida's still going to fight Jackson. This show may just continue building a feud that will end sooner, especially if Machida beats Jackson, or later in the Octagon.
billycarnage
5/28/09 1:53:18PM

Posted by CiaoBaby

Dumb. Why would Shogun get a title shot before Rampage? Can anyone answer that? Rampage has still not gotten a chance to win back his belt which he lost in an air tight split. Rampage is next, Shogun wins one more in the mean time, then maybe Shogun gets a crack at either Machida or Rampage. Because Rampage is funny and Rashad speaks english they both HAVE to do this show and put the whole division in limbo!?!? This is all very....ummm...Poopy if you ask me!



It was a UD loss and its not like they're holding him back or anything. He chose to sit this last fight out and I am pretty sure he chose to be the TUF 10 coach. He would rather fight Rashad than Lyoto which is understandable. I don't think Rampage has any better chance than Rashad did. Plus his last win wasn't impressive by any means. I am okay with any of the Top 5 contenders getting the next shot. I Forrest should win aginst Anderson, great. Shogun is the best bet now and a tougher match up. I dont think he has anything left to prove.
Wolfenstein
5/28/09 1:59:48PM
I saw this coming a mile away--so no big surprise.

For ratings, I think it makes sense, but it also will mix things up a bit at the top of the LHW division. If Rashad wins, he doesn't really have anywhere to go after that, because I don't see them giving him a rematch. I think the only fight left for him would be against Rua.

If Rampage wins, then all goes back to normal. I don't think that Rampage really has much to gain in fighting Rashad, but it could potentially boost his popularity some more--and with popularity comes money.
Hendo67
5/28/09 2:51:26PM
How can they have these guys coach and then not fight?
mmabadboy
5/28/09 3:33:21PM
I think after tuf, evans should fight rua, and rampage has his title shot against machida, who ever wins faces the winner of the title fight simple
Shawn91111
5/28/09 3:58:15PM

Posted by DCRage

Also didn't happen after TUF 4 (Couture and GSP). As noted before I'm perfectly fine with Rampage-actually looking forward to it because like him or hate him, his colorful personality makes for entertaining TV-but would've preferred Machida since they're going to fight anyway.




They were not coaches, they were just trainers. As Hughes and Liddell when they came in for a few days as well
billycarnage
5/28/09 4:20:42PM

Posted by billycarnage
He chose to sit this last fight out and I am pretty sure he chose to be the TUF 10 coach. He would rather fight Rashad than Lyoto which is understandable. I don't think Rampage has any better chance than Rashad did.


This is proof that He would rather fight Evans
DCRage
5/28/09 4:22:06PM
Spike put out the press release today making it official, as well as the format for season 10: HEAVYWEIGHTS! Might only be 16 instead of 32 though.
GSPCanada
5/28/09 4:41:20PM
My initial feelings were that rashad should have fought shogun, but based on the way rashad fell back on his leg i imagine surgery will be in his near future. Machida usually takes a lot of time off so i dont see this holding off the belt any longer depends when the show ends, because my undrstanding is they just started filming, rashad and rampage will fight. just not immediately like we are used to
gabe531
5/28/09 4:44:32PM
it seems like nobody in here read the article. it will not hold up the LHW div. since the article said the fight would happen in september when the season is set to debut. i dont mind the move, there is def some heat between the 2 and it makes for a very entertaining fight WHEN it happens between the 2.
Playground_Samurai
5/28/09 4:51:35PM
After all that happened with Rampage after he lost the title to Forrest, you'd figure he'd jump at the very first opportunity at a title shot.

At the same time, you'd figure he wouldn't want to do TUF. As stated previously in this thread, how is this going to work out for Rampage's training? Show's in Vegas, He trains overseas at the Wolfslair. Not to mention, after he lost to Forrest, he pretty much placed part of the blame on the show saying that he was out of shape. The impression I got, was that he didn't like doing the show too much.

I think Zuffa or Spike or whoever signs the paychecks, must have threw him an extra large chunk of cash to take this.
R_p_C
5/28/09 5:44:45PM
Im pretty sure it says in the article that rampage and machida will fight sometime in September when the TUF season 10 debut on tv so the fight between rampage and evans wouldnt be for at least 2 months after that ?
Jackelope
5/28/09 5:56:18PM
I don't know how it will all workout for training, but Dana has already said he intends to keep Rampage as busy as possible. Personally, I'm stoked to see Rampage vs. Rashad on TUF, too. Aside from possible training camp issues, I can't see an angle that this doesn't make sense from.

prozacnation1978
5/28/09 6:39:35PM
rampage passed on title shot will be tuf coach instead
word is that shogun is under strong consideration for machida's first title defense
Bloodhound
5/28/09 7:08:04PM
so Rampage is gonna fight Rashad? .....this is dumb i want to see Rampage get his belt back, i understand Rampage vs Rashad is markatable but come on
telnights
5/28/09 7:40:17PM
If this is true I have to wonder if Rampage is avoiding Machida. What does he gain by beating a guy who just got beat badly by Machida. What if he losses this fight with Rashad? What is he going to do then. I don't know but sounds like a bad choice to me. Rampage even said after he lost to Forrest it was due to his lack of training because of the show. So why do the show again and give up a title shot. I would think getting your title back would be more important than fighting a guy that just lost. This seams like a very bad idea if you ask me. He has nothing to gain and everything to loss.

Am i the only one that thinks this is very strange move by Rampage. He is basically saying not only does he want to do TUF again but he doesn't want to fight Machida for the title. He would rather fight Rashad and have him as the other coach on the show. I have to wonder if the UFC or Spike is wanting this more than Rampage is.
clintjack
5/28/09 8:25:10PM
They should have a different coach come in every week that teach the fighters different disciplines.
zmazing17
5/28/09 9:26:46PM
Randy vs Machida, are you Kidding me. I love Randy Couture for how he fights and what he has done for the sport but lets not kid ourselves. If that fight happends Machida toys with him and then knocks him out in the 2nd!
jdp1975
5/28/09 9:42:22PM
this is a good match up.it is the new ortiz vs shamrock. cant wait to see it.
Dtime_NBT
5/28/09 10:11:24PM
If/When Forrest beats Anderson they'll set up that fight for Machida, IMO.

Makes more sense then a Shogun fight when he's only beaten a washed-up Liddell and Mark "The Mummy" Coleman.
NatedawgThaM
5/28/09 11:14:59PM

Posted by Jackelope

I don't know how it will all workout for training, but Dana has already said he intends to keep Rampage as busy as possible. Personally, I'm stoked to see Rampage vs. Rashad on TUF, too. Aside from possible training camp issues, I can't see an angle that this doesn't make sense from.




How DOES it make any sense? What if Rampage beats Machida? What if? Rashad should no way be the 1st man to the get the next title shot after he just lost. And your just messing with Rampage mentally with this. He's going to be preparing for machida in camp but he'll be focused more on Evans and what their saying about each other in the show. You need ALL your attention on machida if you even want to have a chance.
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