And with one overhand right, a lummox delivered what might be the most stunning shift of momentum in Ultimate Fighting Championship history.
Despite all the trash talk leading into his bout with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rashad Evans resisted the temptation to stand and trade barbs and emerged from the main event of UFC 114 at the MGM Grand on Saturday night with a unanimous-decision victory.
“Rampage don’t want to hear your questions about his dedication to fighting, sucka!” It’s not difficult to imagine B.A. Baracus, the “A-Team” role made famous by Mr. T and soon to be reprised by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the movie version, using the retort to combat all the inquiries into Jackson’s state of mind as he prepares to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When you grow to this point, from one guy wearing a boxing glove and another wearing a jiujitsu kimono to producing some of the world’s most recognizable fighters, from media gatherings of three reporters asking questions to conference calls with more than 100, from childhood buddies spending $2 million on a struggling company and turning it into a billion-dollar venture, significant moments aren’t lacking.