The winner of the UFC 114-headlining grudge match between former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans will get the first shot at newly-crowned 205-pound champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, UFC President Dana White confirmed during a Tuesday conference call to promote the May 29 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.
However, the title implications were of little concern to the feuding rivals, who traded verbal jabs throughout the call.
“He does his little Sambo thing,” Evans said. “He’s like ‘black-on-black crime, ‘I’m stupid, you can’t use big words like that’. Come on dude. I talked to this dude. This dude is pretty smart. He knows what’s going on. But he’s just doing comedy. Why perpetuate the stereotype that you’re stupid? You ain’t stupid. You know what I’m saying. Why perpetuate the stereotype that you don’t know what I’m saying, don’t understand big words, can’t read? All of that stupid stuff.”
“I do what I do, you do what you do,” Jackson replied. “Why you act all cocky, act all fake, and be playing with your nipples and look all gay? Why do you that? Why do you portray the stereotype of a black gay man, play with your nipples, and act all gay with tight, little shorts?”
“That’s me. That’s what I wear,” Evans said.
“I know, because you gay,” Jackson fired back.
The war of words continued, as the pair went back-and-forth with personal attacks before both fighters offered up final opinions on their May 29 showdown.
“I hate his ass. I don’t like him and I’ll never like him,” Evans said. “If he whooped me or I whoop him I’m sure we’ll probably fight again, and we’ll probably pick up right where we left off. But for the most part after the fight it’s over, we’ll probably be cool for a minute.”
“I’m a grown ass man. This is a sport to me. This is how I get paid. But this is the first time I’m actually going to enjoy beating the hell out of somebody,” Jackson concluded.