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Rashad Evans: Lyoto Machida is better than Rampage Jackson; Interested in Anderson Silva fight

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“I thought Lyoto was more deserving than Rampage anyway. He’s better … actually, I like Rampage a lot. I think he’s really funny and charismatic. But I still want to beat his ass some day…. [My goal is to] get Anderson Silva’s record for the most consecutive wins in the UFC, with nine, keep the belt and then break that record…. I’d love to fight Anderson Silva.”

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans — who has eight wins in nine attempts inside the Octagon (the “other” fight was a draw against Tito Ortiz — has no qualms defending his 205-pound title for the first time against Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 on May 23, because as he puts it, the undefeated Brazilian is more deserving. “Sugar” was expected to defend his belt against former division champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, however, he had to turn down the bout because of nagging injuries. He is expected to take on the winner of Evans-Machida later in 2009, which would no doubt be a blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event … especially if Evans can come out on top. And if Machida and possibly Jackson were not enough to handle, Evans also has middleweight champion Anderson Silva — who also competes at light heavyweight — in his cross hairs. Talk about a tough road ahead … can he pull it off?


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Post #1   5/10/09 2:40:41PM   

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I hope he can beat Machida, I really do, then we can see Jackson vs. Evans, and that will be awesome!

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Posted by TNPanther78

I hope he can beat Machida, I really do, then we can see Jackson vs. Evans, and that will be awesome!

I no what yous saying but a wud love to see Machida as champ a think he is a class act.

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Posted by TNPanther78

I hope he can beat Machida, I really do, then we can see Jackson vs. Evans, and that will be awesome!



Rampage will fight Rashad next win or lose.

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Posted by 1daveufc


Posted by TNPanther78

I hope he can beat Machida, I really do, then we can see Jackson vs. Evans, and that will be awesome!

I no what yous saying but a wud love to see Machida as champ a think he is a class act.




Ditto, he would be a class act no doubt, just would like to see that fight more.

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Posted by MMAcca


Posted by TNPanther78

I hope he can beat Machida, I really do, then we can see Jackson vs. Evans, and that will be awesome!



Rampage will fight Rashad next win or lose.




Elaborate please, Machida wins he becomes the champ, and Rampage vs Machida is set, maybe a fight next year as Rashad builds his way back up is that what your sayin?

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talk about getting ahead of yourself...

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Machida all the way.

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take it one fight at a time rashad...

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if he did beat machida and rampage he would be p4p best fighter in the world hands down

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Posted by prozacnation1978

if he did beat machida and rampage he would be p4p best fighter in the world hands down



Really? Don't get me wrong- it would catapult him very high on my list, but best hands down? That would be a total of what, 16 fights total in his career? Among which his best wins would be Machida, Rampage, Griffin, an aging Liddell, and Bisping? Including a draw with TITO? (a fight he lost minus Tito getting docked a point)

Don't get me wrong- there's some solid competition in there, but I don't know that I would consider him p4p best in the world hands down when he doesn't even have 20 fights yet. Now, if he beat all those, then ran through Shogun, Rich Franklin, and Luis Cane- well... you would have me pretty much convinced.

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Rampage is better than Rashad, and would KO him.

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I was hoping for a Rashad Evans vs. Rampage fight for the title just because that would've been an awesome fight, but in the back of my mind, I had hoped that Lyoto got what deserved, being a title shot.

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Posted by Jackelope


Posted by prozacnation1978

if he did beat machida and rampage he would be p4p best fighter in the world hands down



Really? Don't get me wrong- it would catapult him very high on my list, but best hands down? That would be a total of what, 16 fights total in his career? Among which his best wins would be Machida, Rampage, Griffin, an aging Liddell, and Bisping? Including a draw with TITO? (a fight he lost minus Tito getting docked a point)

Don't get me wrong- there's some solid competition in there, but I don't know that I would consider him p4p best in the world hands down when he doesn't even have 20 fights yet. Now, if he beat all those, then ran through Shogun, Rich Franklin, and Luis Cane- well... you would have me pretty much convinced.



Agreed here, if he did beat em both he would escalate up the charts big time but not the best.

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Rashad Evans is about to come back to earth. He is probably going to lose to Machida by decision. Rampage would finsh him within 3 rounds....but we may never see it. Depending on what Anderson Silva showed up Evans would either get KTFO or lose the most boring decision in the history of mma.

Post #15   5/13/09 11:36:15AM