Griffin-Evans-Rampage: UFC's First Main Event Triangle!

Jay BanduCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 07:  UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton ?Rampage? Jackson (L) and mixed martial arts fighter Forrest Griffin speak at Spike TV's 2007 'Video Game Awards' at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 7, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

One of the things that makes boxing a great sport is its Triangles. No, not the submission move. What I am reffering to is three fighters each having a win over the other.  

For example, Vernon Forrest defeated Oscar De La Hoya, and Ricardo Mayorga then defeated Vernon Forrest. Most people would think that Mayorga would be a better fighter and beat De La Hoya, however Oscar knocked out Mayorga in the sixth round of their fight.

Three fighters, who were top of their game, each losing to the other proves the depth of the sport, and the talents of the fighters involved. This is also not a single case. Most recently in boxing, there was a Cotto-Mosley-Margarito triangle, as well as a Taylor-Hopkins-Pavlik triangle, to truly show the depths of boxing.

To the best of my knowledge, UFC has yet to have a major triangle amongst main event fighters. There were many back-and-forths, and trilogies, but never a real triangle.

Forrest Griffin upset the champion Quinton Jackson for the light heavyweight championship last year. Following that fight, he suffered a third-round TKO loss to contender Rashad Evans.  

At the conclusion of the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans will be facing off for the No. 1 contender spot for the championship.

If Jackson defeats Evans, it would complete the triangle, and it would do so in the main events of the UFC. This would be the UFC's biggest selling point in how the sport evolved, and how there is much more depth and talent involved than there has ever been.

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