Props: Fighters Only
"I would love to get a rematch with Rashad because I had a lot of stuff going on that I chose not to make excuses for. You know how the fans can be really vicious, I kept stuff to myself. Any person who really knows about fighting - just like ‘Shogun‘ (Mauricio Rua) was rusty in his last fight - you can tell when a fighter's rusty and a fighter's fresh, I was also nursing an injury but I chose not to pull out of the fight because the fight was so anticipated. So I decided to fight him anyway… He knows the only reason he beat me is because I was rusty and I was injured. If you go back and watch that fight he was punching me in my knee, my knee that was hurt. I never seen anybody punch anyone in the knee in MMA in all the years I been doing MMA. But somehow he knew my knee was injured."
"I felt like I didn't have a good showing and he didn't really even do a good job of fighting me. So I felt the fans really lost in that fight… I wanted to rematch him and just put on a good show, an exciting fight. I don't care if I win or lose. But for some reason the UFC feels like the fans don't want to see a rematch."
Rampage Jackson wants another fight with top contender Rashad Evans. He feels he was rusty and not at 100% in their last fight. Do you believe a rematch would end with a different outcome? Also do you think Rashad knew his knee was injured and knowingly targeted it?
Also Dana White had this to say about Rampage lack of focus
Props: Fight Fix
on whether or not Rampage is at a point where he can fight for the title on his own terms: "I dunno man. The thing with Rampage is...Rampage has been in this...I don't know what to call it...this funny place for a while. This guy is on the fence whether he's gonna act, whether he's gonna fight. Acting sounds great and everything else, but that's not where he makes his money. Fighting is where he makes his money. I can't figure out the whole Rampage thing. He's got a fight coming up against Matt Hamill. Let's see how he does. Let's see what happens. Let's see where his head's at. And then I can reevaluate Rampage."