UFC 114: Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans
Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans have one of the best rivalries in MMA history. The two coached against each other on The Ultimate Fighter and each and every episode showed a fight amongst the two. Whether it was Evans sticking up for his team, Rampage going on a Rampage, or the two just not being able to stand each other, the season made for a lot of fireworks and really built the hype leading into their fight.
After bouncing back from a loss to Forrest Griffin, Rampage was looking to make it three straight against Evans, having won back to back bouts. Similarly, Evans was coming off of a loss in a world title fight, as he suffered defeat at the hands of Lyoto Machida by brutal knockout. A knockout loss that Rampage wasn’t shy to poke fun at on The Ultimate Fighter. The two’s rivalry stemmed all the way back to 2004, when Evans was acting “very cocky,” in the eyes of Rampage, who watched his teammate get worked over by Evans. That hatred that dated so far back, came to a head for eleven months, as the two non-stop verbally sparred in the lead up to their bout.
The Ultimate Fighter’s tenth season served as a playground for Evans and Jackson to trash talk each other and when all was said and done, these two were ready to step in the cage the second they got off of the set of that show. Fans had gotten to see the tow come face to face on the show on several occasions, but nothing could beat the intensity shown on stage at the weigh-ins. After we got the classic Jackson howl, the two met in front of Dana White, with neither man wanting to be the first to budge and back away from their opponent. The moment was memorable not because of the intensity of the stare down alone, but because of the rivalry that was built before that moment.