This is the most anticipated fight of the year so far, and it's going to be a war.
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and 'Suga' Rashad Evans were coaches on the Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.
Everybody knows that these two guys HATE each other, and they can't wait to get in the octagon and start throwing hands.
Fueled by pure hatred towards one another, this fight could end at any minute. Both Rampage and Rashad have knockout power, so don't take your eyes off the screen for a second.
Stand-Up: In this fight, I give a slight edge to Rampage's standup. He's a mean dude, and doesn't care about dropping his hands and landing bombs straight to your face.
Rampage is going to do anything he can to finish this fight standing up in round one, and if I were him that'd me my gameplan too.
Not taking away from Rashad's boxing ability, 'cause he has some mean knockouts of his own, but Rampage is not a guy you want to stand and bang with.
Ground Game:Rashad is more technical than Rampage, and has a very good wrestling background. So I give Rashad the edge in the ground department of this fight.
I plan to see Rashad utilize what I call, "The Randy Couture Gameplan". Which is simply: Wear you opponent down by pressing them against the cage, take them down, score points, and control the entire fight with your body.
We saw this recently by Rashad in his fight versus Thiago Silva. He avoided Silva's standup and went to work in the clinch and ground game.
I expect Rashad to play to his strengths, and stay away from Rampage's.
If Rampage has any shot in this fight, it's with his boxing. He has to go out and land some big shots to finish Rashad early in this one.
He does not want to be on his back at any point during this fight, or his night will be a miserable one.
X-Factor: The X-Factor in this fight has to be the long leave of absense by Rampage. This is going to play a factor because he missed a lot of training by deciding to film a movie, instead of fight.
I've seen some pictures and video of Rampage in camp. He looks what Rashad would call "fat and slow", but he does look powerful.
Prediction: Look for Rashad to control the fight on the ground and against the cage all night, and take this one by Unanimous Decision after three rounds.
There's no denying this is going to be a great all around card, and UFC 114 has been highly anticipated for some time now.
I am very excited to see how it all plays out come May 29th, and I hope to see Rashad come out on top once again.