With Dana White dismissing the idea of an immediate rematch for Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Lyoto Machida following the former’s split decision victory at UFC 123, what is likely to come next for the two fighters?

Given the close nature of the fight I think both fighters remain in the upper reaches of the 205lb weight class, but of course Rampage now leapfrogs Machida and potentially could be in line for a title shot. Dana White was non-committal about that at the post-fight press conference however.

It’ll be interesting to see how they choose to play their hand here.  If Rampage is not an automatic No.1 contender then that means the position could be on hold until other key bouts at light-heavyweight play out next year.  That would make February 5th’s UFC 126 event featuring both Rich Franklin Vs Forrest Griffin and Jon Jones Vs Ryan Bader highly significant.

Personally I think both Rampage and Machida’s next fight should come from these pairings.  I’d like to see Rampage face the winner of either bout to establish the No.1 contender with the Franklin – Griffin victor being the best bet at this stage.  Meanwhile Machida would make a good next opponent for either the winner or loser of Jones Vs Bader.

I’d also throw in Antonio ‘Rogerio’ Nogueira as another potential opponent for Machida, particularly if they want to get him back in the octagon sooner rather than later, though the fact they have trained together may cause some difficulties in making this a reality.

Based on the way the fights are lined up currently It does seem as if whatever happens Rampage is going to have to bide his time to get either another top contender or title fight though, so don’t expect to see him back in action until around late April – May unless injuries spoil the UFC’s current plans.

Hopefully he stays in shape and doesn’t get distracted by the movie business in the mean time.

4 COMMENTS

  1. People finially found an excuse to use for how rampgae magically won…. agressiveness LOL!!!! which is the dumbest thing ive ever seen in my life, scoring points for doing nothing but walking foward… getting kicked all first round, and getting murdered in round 3 is not a winner, machida could have got a UD decision win and nobody would disagreed with that. Reminds me of boxing when somebody gets screwed by the judges… rampage was the favorite and he was in detroit where you know they wont give machida the Decision. Mahcida and rampage will be fighting one of these 4 people no matter what…… JON JONES, BADER, GRIFFON OR FRANKLIN. Those are the next in line. Machida is still ranked #2 LHW after beating rampage, too bad the ufc gave him the loss. Rampage now has wins over 4 fighters he didnt beat by split decision becuase hes a favorite and lucky bitch. Shogun vs machida 1 was clearly a draw or win for machida, machida vs rampage was a true robbery.

  2. True, people cryed about shogun lossing when he clearly lost rounds 1,2,3 becuase he only did leg kicks, machida was doing body kicks, punches, big knees to the body, takedown defense ECT…. Thats a true winner. The fight was close though, i didnt agree with the UD decision, but agree machida won.

    Machida vs rampage, machida did leg kicks, body kicks, knees, reversed rampage when he was against the cage and had rampage against the cage…. all rampage did was cage hugging, and 2 uppercuts…. when somebody wins a decision they clearly lost, the fans will make excuses, rampage fans say he won by FALSE OCT CONTROL.

  3. I really think the same way Matt. People cried and media was buzzing non-stop (even Joe Roegan and Mike) saying Lyoto lost and Shogun should won. It was a propaganda and a huge UFC lobbying effort to discredit Lyoto Machida and put forward another fighter that would more likely put their cheeks and head in the fight and get punched-because UFC wants that and fans (i would not even consider you really MMA fans) wants to see blood.

    MMA is more than that. MMA is a sports, the art of evading and formulating attacks. MMA involves using your BRAIN not to get hit by your opponent. You have 3 or 5 rounds – within those rounds, if you stay unhit and cause some (more than what you suffered) damage to the opponent, you WIN!!! Simple as that.

    Lyoto machida may not have put up much fight with Rampage because he WAS smart and talented enough to move and evade punches. HOW MANY OTHER FIGHTERS CAN DO THAT? I MEAN HOW MANY OTHER FIGHTERS CAN JUST MOVE AND ANTICIPATE ATTACK FROM THEIR OPPONENT LIKE LYOTO DOES?

    Joe, Mike, Dana and those three judges really scored the Lyoto Machida and Rampage Jackson fight based on what the naive fans wants to see – who will slug. The fighters were not judged based on their skills and points.

    SO UFC, DON’T COME OUT SAY YOU HAVE SKILLED FIGHTERS. BECAUSE YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT SKILL. UFC’S FIGHTER RANKING ARE BSED ON “WHO WILL BRING IN MORE MONEY FROM THE FAN”.

    THERE WILL BE A COST THOUGH UFC. FANS LIKE ME WILL EASILY SWITCH TO ANOTHER MMA ORGANIZATION THAT REALLY RATE THEIR FIGHTERS BASED ON THEIR RAW FIGHTING SKILLS.

  4. are you f*cking kidding me rampage controlled the first two round overall the machida would have one but thats not how it works retard

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