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UFC, Rampage vs. Evans II
The first match between Rampage and Rashad Evans did not live up to the hype in the cage, but it featured the most trash talk between two fighters in UFC history. On September 24th, 2011 Rampage stands a chance to possibly upset the current UFC light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones, because there have been several indications that Jones may be taking Rampage light. There certainly is not a fighter more full of himself right now in the division than Jones. If Rampage can pull the upset the fans will get what they want to see which is Rampage versus Rashad Evans again. If the two fight again, the second meeting will not go the distance.
Rampage would come into the second meeting in much better shape, now that he has better idea of the speed that Evans has. With Rampage pushing forward and being more aggressive there would be more situations where both fighters would be forced to exchange punches. The tension between the two would boil over and that would lead to a brutal knockout, which is exactly what fans need to see. The bottom line is someone needs to go to sleep to truly resolve this battle and a frenetic pace will make that happen.
Respect- Rashad Evans 7 knockouts, Rampage 14 knockouts
Evans did what he was supposed to do by winning the initial match against Rampage the first time, but he only has 7 knockouts in his career. Rampage has 14 knockouts, which has made him a fan favorite. The quickest way to gain respect in the UFC is by knocking out an opponent because it has a way of sending reverberations around the entire MMA world. It increases a fighter’s popularity and fan base. If Evans does fight Rampage again, he would more than likely go for the knockout. That plays more into what Rampage would like and gives him a much better chance to upset Evans in the rematch.
Some of the recent fight cards have not necessarily delivered, but this is one rematch that would be very intriguing. The fight features it all with great trash talk, two fighters who genuinely dislike each other and two fighters who need to resolve their differences by someone delivering a brutal knockout. Having the belt on the line would be a bonus. White has done a fairly decent job of trying to listen to MMA fans and if he plans on continuing that trend, the world of MMA needs to see Rampage vs. Rashad Evans 2.