As opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” viewers tuned in to SpikeTV week after week to watch the former light heavyweight champs attempt to one-up each other. Whether it was taking shots at each other’s physical appearance or questioning one another’s talent as fighters, the show was never short on trash-talk and as usual with the UFC’s reality show, the coaches were set to meet as the show wrapped in December of 2009. The meeting however would never take place, as their UFC 107 bout was postponed when Jackson accepted a role in the movie “The A-Team.”
The unexpected delay ultimately caused friction between “Rampage” and UFC President Dana White, which hit a boiling-point when Jackson threatened to leave the organization. Evans, on the other hand, was scheduled to face Thiago Silva at UFC 108, a match he went on to win by unanimous decision.
As expected the war of words would continue, fueling a feud and leading to arguably the most anticipated fight of 2010, a fight that is now rapidly approaching.
“Now all the trash-talking, all the buildup is finally going to come to a head,” Evans said during a recent appearance on Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time!” show on the Sherdog Radio Network. “It’s exciting. I’m excited for it, to see exactly how it goes down. Excited to see how I perform.”
Evans noted that he has taken pleasure in their verbal exchange.
“The fight game can start to feel like a job,” he said. “Every once in a while, you get blessed with a treat and actually have a fight that’s fun. And it’s fun the whole way. You get a little trash-talking in. You get a little rivalry going. Some extra little motivation to make it a little bit fun, make it about competing and having fun again. Because sometimes it’s easy to make it like a job and, as you know, when you make something a job, it can become tiresome, monotonous and boring.”
According to Sherdog.com, even Twitter has become a platform for their feud. Just last week Jackson fired words at Rashad through the social network, one such post reading: “You can’t take me down, your cardio is crap, you hit like a kid, and you got a glass jaw.” He was said to have even resorted to “Yo Mama” jokes, in which he called Evans’ mother fat. Evans countered by pointing out how many times Jackson has been knocked out.
Though he may be enjoying the prefight banter, Rashad understands that come fight night it will be time to back it up.
“All the words that we said back and forth to each other, we get to see who actually can back up what they say,” he said. “It’s kind of exciting. At the same time, it can be a bit nerve-wracking. You don’t want to find yourself on the other end of an unfortunate punch … and look stupid. But that’s the price you pay when you open your mouth.”
For those that may question the authenticity of their bad blood, Evans assures that this is not a case of extended pre-fight hype.
“There’s qualities that I don’t like about him, but I can’t overall say I hate him all together,” Evans said. “The qualities that I don’t like about him overpower the qualities that I do like about him. I’ll just say it like that. For the most part, I don’t like him too much.”
Source to be Cited: Sherdog.com