Bitter rivals Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will now have even more incentive to prevail in their UFC 114 grudge match on May 29 in Las Vegas with the winner guaranteed a title shot against newly minted light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the week long speculation during a colorful teleconference call promoting UFC 114 “Rampage vs. Evans” on Tuesday.
“I did commit to the winner (of UFC 114) getting a title shot,” said White.
There was no love lost between the “TUF 10” opposing coaches as both Jackson (30-7-0) and Evans (14-1-1) traded barbs during the entirety of the teleconference. White had to verbally separate the former UFC champions on more than one occasion.
“He has done nothing compared to what I’ve done,” said Jackson. “I’m the first ever undisputed champion of my sport, so fighting this guy is kind of like a step backwards.”
Evans responded to the goading by bringing up Rampage’s 2005 Pride defeat to Rua.
“I got heart, at least I won’t quit like you did against Shogun,” said Evans. You quit and just laid there like a little sucker in the corner.”
White’s confirmation marked the first time either man has been offered the opportunity to regain the coveted UFC light heavyweight belt.
No date has been pencilled in for Rua’s first title defense.