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luv
03-08-2009, 03:08 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=ki-ufcearly030709&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was far from spectacular, but he pounded out a unanimous decision Saturday over Keith Jardine at UFC 96 in Nationwide Arena that landed him an even bigger prize.

Jackson will get a chance to fight Rashad Evans for the UFC light heavyweight title May 23 at UFC 98 in Las Vegas after his workmanlike victory. Two judges had it 29-28 and one had it 30-27, as did Yahoo! Sports.

A knee injury to Frank Mir forced his heavyweight title bout to be pushed back to UFC 100 in July. To fill the main event void, the UFC decided to move Evans’ title defense up to UFC 98.

“I want my belt back,” Jackson shouted to the crowd after his victory.

Jackson had difficulty catching up to Jardine, who was circling and moving away much of the night. Jackson was stronger and landed the more powerful punches.

Jackson said his plan was to go after Jardine, but he never did. Rather, he fought a controlled fight with few toe-to-toe exchanges.

“There was a lot of pressure and Keith is tough, really tough,” Jackson said. “I didn’t expect him to be that tough. The plan was to rush him, sick him like a dog.”

Jackson knocked Jardine down twice but never came close to finishing the bout on a card filled with highlight-reel knockouts.

But Jackson, who knocked out Wanderlei Silva in the first round at UFC 92 in December, was happy to get the work.

“I needed these three rounds,” he said. “My last fight only went one round. I needed that. I needed to go some rounds.”

He’ll only have a couple weeks off before he has to begin training for Evans. That became necessitated when Mir underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Monday.

The UFC decided to move the fight to July to give Mir a chance to heal. Had Jackson lost or been involved in a brutal fight, it would have given the shot to Lyoto Machida instead at UFC 98.

Jackson came out unscathed and was clear about his intentions. He got into a nose-to-nose showdown with Evans in the cage and said, “It’s going to be black on black crime,” before stomping away.

pr_capone
03-08-2009, 03:20 AM
First:

How in the hell is Rampage not in jail right now?

Any one of us drive over another person and run and there is no chance in hell we get to see any daylight.

Second:

I have never been so disinterested in a title bout as I am in this one. The scale tips in Evans favor slightly because he has not run over anyone that I know of

Third:

HOW THE FUCK IS HE NOT IN JAIL!?!?!?!!?

58-4ever
03-08-2009, 09:21 AM
First:

How in the hell is Rampage not in jail right now?

Any one of us drive over another person and run and there is no chance in hell we get to see any daylight.

Second:

I have never been so disinterested in a title bout as I am in this one. The scale tips in Evans favor slightly because he has not run over anyone that I know of

Third:

HOW THE FUCK IS HE NOT IN JAIL!?!?!?!!?

Ask Ray Lewis. They must have the same attorney.

Fishpicker
03-08-2009, 11:16 AM
First:

How in the hell is Rampage not in jail right now?

Any one of us drive over another person and run and there is no chance in hell we get to see any daylight.

Second:

I have never been so disinterested in a title bout as I am in this one. The scale tips in Evans favor slightly because he has not run over anyone that I know of

Third:

HOW THE **** IS HE NOT IN JAIL!?!?!?!!?

temporary insanity due to delirium

he has to do 200 hours community service though.