“I want to go get Rashad. Nice warm-up fight, kick his ass. Fight Shogun, redeem myself for my sleep, for my mind. Then go and beat the hell out of Forrest, retire him,” Jackson told Fighters Only as he pondered what would be a perfect run for him.
Evans and Shogun are obvious targets, but why want to put a beating on Forrest Griffin so badly? True, Griffin took the UFC light-heavyweight title from Jackson by way of a controversial decision at UFC 86, but it isn’t losing the belt that so riled Jackson.
“Only reason is because of the way Forrest acted afterwards, when he knows he lost the fight. You go back and watch the footage when they said he won, he was so surprised. That fight was a controversial fight just like Machida-Shogun 1 was a controversial one,” he says. “But Forrest was the poster boy because of TUF and me, well…”
Jackson added, “I feel like fighting Rashad is a step backwards, because he doesn’t have the belt anymore. But if things go right, this will be a nice warm-up fight for Shogun. If everything works out it will be nice. Everybody knows I took time off, it would be stupid to go right into a title fight with Shogun so this will be a good test for me. If I lose to Rashad I don’t even deserve to get my belt back!”
Jackson vs. Evans headlines UFC 114, will take place on Saturday May 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC president Dana White has mentioned that the winner will be the number one contender in the light-heavyweight division.