Rampage beats Jardine and faces Evans at UFC-98

UFC-96 recently ended in Ohio, in the United States. With mind-blowing duels at the beginning of the main card, the last fights were not good for the Brazilian fans. The only Brazilian on the card, Gabriel “Napão” was unable to repeat his good performances and ended up being knocked out by Shane carwin in the first round. In the main fight of the night, in a frank striking fight, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got the better of Keith Jardine in the referees' decision and will fight for the belt against Rashad evans at UFC-98, frustrating the expectations of Lyoto Machida who hoped for the defeat of the former champion to become the challenger.

Gabriel Napao vs. Shane carwin
Right at the beginning of the fight, the fighters started to exchange franks. Better in the fight, Napão connected the best blows and managed to take down the American, who was punished with ground and pounch from half guard. With a lot of explosion, Carwin managed to get up and in a quick counterattack connected a strong cross that took the Brazilian to the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1min 09s of the first round.

Quinton “Rampage"Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
With an unorthodox style, Jardine started by surprising Rampage with good kicks to the inside of the leg, but after a difficult first round, Rampage met in the second round and delivered a beautiful knockdown, opening up the lead on the scoreboard. Already in the third round, appearing tired, the fighters slowed down the blistering pace at the beginning, with this Rampage got good takedowns, but didn't keep Keith on the ground. In the last moments, Jackson applied another strong cross, taking Jardine to the ground once again, thus confirming the victory in the unanimous decision of the judges. With the triumph, Rampage earned the right to challenge Rashad evans for the light heavyweight belt, in the main event of UFC-98. Check out the complete UFC-96 results

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Main card:
- Quinton jackson defeated Keith Jardine via unanimous decision;
- Shane carwin knocked out Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga at 1min09s of R1;
– Matt Brown defeated Pete Sell by technical knockout at 1min32s of R1;
– Matt Hamill KO Mark Munoz 3min53s from R1;
- Gray Maynard derrotou Jim Miller in the unanimous decision of the judges;

Preliminary card:
– Tamdan McCrory defeated Ryan Madigan by technical knockout at 3:35 of R1;
– Kendall Grove defeated Jason Day by technical knockout at 1min32s of R1;
– Jason Brilz defeated Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision by the judges;
– Brandon Vera defeated Mike Patt by technical knockout at 1min27s of R2;
– Shane Nelson defeated Aaron Riley by technical knockout 44s into R1.

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