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LAS VEGAS – It would be easy to listen to the war of words between Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and determine that Evans hates Jackson.
It would be just as simple to conclude that there are racial overtones bubbling close to the surface of their light heavyweight fight in the main event of UFC 114 on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Who knows whether Evans and Jackson really hate each other? History would suggest that they do not, and that they'll embrace in the cage after their match and rave about each other at the postfight news conference.
They're both quick-witted, sharp-tongued men. They're highly competitive, eager to regain the championship and will benefit financially from the success of pay-per-view sales. The trash talking and race baiting has generated enormous media coverage of the event, much more so than if they'd uttered the usual tame platitudes that are used by 98 percent of the fighters.
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