In between bouts of yelling and questioning eachother’s sexuality during yesterday’s UFC 114 conference call, Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans revealed that their personal clashes go all the way back to 2004 when Evans showboated during a win over one of Jackson’s buddies:
“Rashad was still dancing around playing with his nipples back then with them little tight shorts on acting like he was doing something,” he told MMAjunkie.com Tuesday during a conference call promoting UFC 114.
Evans didn’t make things better afterward. He idolized Jackson and approached him after the fight. But he forgot – or ignored – Jackson’s bond with Ramirez.
“He came asking me, ‘Hey, man, I want to come train with you,'” Jackson said. “I thought it was real disrespectful because he fought my teammate in the tournament and he disrespected him by talking about his wrestling and dancing around. [I said], ‘I don’t want to train with you, man. You just disrespected my teammate.'”
Evans said he was coming from a good place.
“He was my favorite fighter,” Evans said. “He was my dude. He really was one of the dudes, I was like, ‘Man, I want to get into fighting.’ When he got his ass whooped by Wanderlei (Silva), that kind of crushed me. But still, he was still my dude.”
It’s hard to tell who was being a poor winner and who was being a sore loser, but it seems like Rampage and Rashad can’t have an encounter without things getting pissy. For those of you who enjoyed yesterday’s conference call drama, there’s 20 more minutes of similarly contentious audio after the jump.