I’m not a huge MMA fan, but I’m going to watch any time a local product is fighting in a UFC main event.
Rashad Evans is that product and he didn’t disappoint in his bout against wannabe action movie star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. So, I split the cost of the pay-per-view with a few friends last night and waited to get past all of the underwhelming undercards for the much-hyped fight.
The feud between Sugar and Rampage has been well documented over the last year and their dislike of each other is genuine. That makes it that much cooler that the Niagara Falls native (and Niagara-Wheatfield graduate) was able to back up the talk with a unanimous decision in his favor.
Rampage may have only really given us 30 seconds of real effort in a 15 minute fight, but to Evans’ credit, he took full advantage of Rampage’s fatigue. This is only the second time I’ve watched Evans fight (the first being his last match on Jan. 2 at UFC 108) and I’ve been impressed by him each time. He’s explosive and is a guy Dana White and company should continue to promote the hell out of. Consider me a fan.
I won’t be paying to watch every month or anything like that, but having a Buffalo guy that’s easy to cheer for has sucked me in to the UFC a bit. I will, however, be chipping in again to watch Evans go for the Light Heavyweight title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua whenever that fight goes down. With mixed martial arts on the rise and you’re a casual fan like me who feels like they need a rooting interest, you can’t go wrong going with the hometown hero. At least I don’t think you can.