Can Rampage Jackson Handle Rashad Evans So Soon?

Frank SanchezCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2009

Now that UFC 96 is in the books, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is back in the championship match. During UFC 96, Dana White said that if Rampage won the fight against Keith Jardine, he would be next for Rashad Evans and the Light Heavyweight Championship.

What was the only catch? It would be May 23, about two months from now.

If you didn't see the battle between Jardine and Jackson, you missed a good ol' fashioned fight. It was a knock down, drag out fight, not pretty but not boring by any means.

The two men took it to each other and before the last 10 seconds of the fight, it was still up in the air as to who was actually winning.

Rampage had a flurry in the last 10 seconds and he came out victorious. He stated after the fight that he was never on game-plan. What was the game-plan? Go hard and go aggressive, just keep coming at Jardine.

But as you saw, what actually transpired was a careful and meticulous Rampage attack. Maybe even a bit conservative at times. Not exactly out of his element, but in regards to his recent bouts, just not like him.

One couldn't help but wonder if the thought of facing Evans in two months time was in the back of his mind, or the front for that matter, during the fight. The consummate professional he is, Rampage continued and battled on, and afterwards gave the UFC what they wanted.

While he was face to face with Evans, he let him know who he was, both as the warrior and the jokester. Check out the video of Evans and Jackson face to face here.

But as it has been reported by Bloody Elbow, Rampage was on Steve Cofield's radio show post fight and is apparently unsure if he would want to take on Rashad Evans so soon.

As of right now, there are no other reports to confirm this so take it for what it's worth. Seeing the post fight interview on, there seems to be no indication of that as he calls out Evans yet again.

After last night's fight, could you help but wonder if Rampage is indeed going to have enough time to be ready?