Shogun gives his thoughts on who will win between Rampage and RashadPosted on May 13, 2010, 05:06 PM by Daniel Cassidy
UFC 114 is only just over two weeks away, but already the tension is buliding. Both fighters have engaged in a war of words that even Chael Sonnen would be jealous of, and the stakes are heating up, now we know the winner will get a title shot against the new lightheavyweight champion Mauricio Rua. While the fight is undoubtedly a close call, with many mma fans split down the middle, even Shogun finds it difficult to call this one:
We don't work so hard all year around, we have phases of training, it's like a cycle. My team always takes care of everything but definitely, it's going to be a new challenge for me to defend that belt, because it was a dream come true, I conquered it, and now I'm going to work on my mind to keep my motivation. It can be bad for me but I'm going to work hard so it doesn't affect my performances. I think Rampage [will win], but it's close to 50/50 to me. I'd say 55% for Rampage, 45% Rashad. To me Rampage or Rashad, it doesn't make a difference, they are both top fighters. But a fight against Rampage would be good ... for the pay-per-view. I'm a professional fighter, I never pick my opponents, I'd fight anyone. Anderson (Silva) can be a big challenge to my career, but I'm used to them."
Rampage goes into this fight with with two wins since his fight with Forrest Griffin. After the UFC 86 loss, he bounced back with a ko win over Wanderlei Silva in just 201 seconds. Afterwards he defeated Keith Jardine at UFC 96. This will make it 14 months and 2 weeks since his last fight to his upcoming bout.
Unlike Ramage, Rashad has kept more active. He faced off against Thiago Silva in January of this year.
Both fighters will be trying their utmost to make a huge statement at 114, especially with a title fight, as well as huge amounts of ego and pride on the line.