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Rashad Evans Thinks Lyoto Machida Is Better Than Rampage Jackson

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UFC Light Heavyweight champ Rashad Evans spoke recently with Michael David Smith.  Here is what he thinks when it comes to Lyoto Machida and Rampage Jackson:

 "I thought Lyoto was more deserving than Rampage anyway," "He's better."

I don't know how to take that statement.  I think it's fair to say that Lyoto Machida is a more well rounded fighter than Rampage Jackson.  However, to say that Machida is better is a bit much at this point in my opinion.  The competition that Machida has faced pales in comparison to Jackson's resume, and Jackson has a much higher finishing percentage.  In terms of who is more deserving of a title shot, I have to go with Jackson.  I mean Machida has won 6 fights in a row, but none of those guys are top fighters.(If you are new to the blog, others will tell you that I don't consider Thiago Silva top competition). 

I wonder if this is Rashad Evans just trying to hype this fight up with Machida a little bit, or is he secretly playing psychological mind games with Rampage Jackson before they even have a chance to fight?