After all the trash talking between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans at UFC 96, it looks like Rampage will have to sit this one out and let number one contender Lyoto Michida have his shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. According to the Sun, Rampage’s injuries (hand and jaw) will prevent him from fighting for the title at UFC 98. The report also states that Ramage will become the number one contender and face the winner of Evans/Machida later this year.
Rashad Evans on fighting Lyoto Michida
“The kid’s been phenomenal. He’s been better than phenomenal. He’s been looking better every fight … But that’s the fight business. That’s the fun part – the fact that you go in there with an opponent who sometimes seems insurmountable but then you figure it out and that makes the victory that much sweeter.”
“With that said, there may be some kinks in Lyoto’s armour that I have yet to see that I can exploit when I look at the tapes more closely … He’s been looking slicker than I don’t know what, but everybody has a weakness even if you do look slick as oil. Everyone has a weakness.”