Evans chilling with Goldberg and Rogan pre-fight, telling us about his BFF Keith Jardine. Can't wait to see Rampage knock out Sugar Shad Evans. Fighting your friends makes for great television. Too bad we'll never pay it. Evans eliminated Jardine in TUF, but now they won't fight each other.
Big opportunity for Jardine to beat three former heavyweight champions. Nice raprock Tupac tunage blasts the Deam of Mean down to the Octagon.
Evans doing play by play ringside. Jarine really does have the longest goatee in UFC.
Time for Rampage. Anyone catch McCroy's post fight talk with Joe Rogan. Dana White refused to play McCroy's original music from his original band known as the Thunderbirds or something. Funny stuff.
My free Internet stream froze for a few minutes. It sucks listening to the commentary and watching no video. Hopefully stream syncs up soon.
Here we go. It's seem we DVR'd the pre-fight highlight package.
Rampage almost to ring side. Going full screen soon will have notes after.
Jackson. Jackson three years younger, but with shorter reach.
Bruce Buffer proclaims sponsors hard up for money in this bad economy. Give me a break, the UFC is immune to outside influences.
Jaridine lands quick jab to start round. Fight lock up, ref breaks them up. Heavy fists exchanged, Jardine catches first of many leg kicks. Jackson probably won't check them much this fight. seals unanimous decision
Fight could probably be score either way. We're scoring it 10-9 in favor of Rampage.
To quote good ole' JR, this slobberknock of a round could have gone either way. A flurry of punches from both fighters landed during the round. As you can see our live blog recap barely compares to our original live blog. Incredible action-packed round saw Jackson knockdown Jardine, then shoot him to the mat. Jardine reacted with solid positioning and excapability. Second round could have been called anyway. Evans agrees. We're score it in Jackson's favor. Final round will decide fate of light heavyweight title.
Rampage dominates early round minutes, Jardine comes back with desperate leg kicks and hopeful punches. He lands many of them, and had he not lost the first two rounds to Jackson, may have won this fight.
With less than five seconds left in the round, Jackson rushes a dazed, slouched over Jarine, jarring him with a left-right combo at times expires thus clinching the round, on way to his unanimous decision victory.
Cecil Peoples scores fight 30-27
Intense trash-talking pre-title fight hype between the UFC's top two light heavyweight fighters looks to increase black-on-black crime rates nation.
Rampage guarantees victory: "He wants his belt back"
Case you missed it, the two fighters replace Lesnar v. Mir II as main event title fight at UFC 98.
Brandon Vera still can't catch a break, as his bout with Mike Patt looks up next after all the surprising knockouts of the rest of the main card. Maybe fight ends specular, but judging from cards' previous fights, it's unlikely this fight can top them. Too much Truth much for Patt to handle. Vera credits Biggie Smalls for victory.
Fight of the Night: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson v. "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine"
Knockout of the Night: Matt Hamill v. Mark Munoz.
Submission of the Night: None we saw.
Staredown of the Night: Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans
Post-Fight Interview of the Night: Tamdan McCrory demands Dana White play his own original Octagon entrance music.
And so concludes our undermanned UFC 96 live blogging experience. Hope you enjoyed our poor grammar and style structure. See you in two weeks for our Selection Sunday Live Blog, and then for UFC 97: Redemption.