In 2005 Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson fought each other in the legendary PRIDE organization, with ‘Shogun’ emerging as the victor after a dominating performance that ended with a first round TKO victory.
Since then ‘Rampage’ has made it clear that he wanted a rematch, claiming that he was injured prior to the bout and should never have taken the fight in the first place.
So far the two men’s paths have not crossed again, but they’ve both continued on to great success, with each having held the UFC’s light-heavyweight title.
Lately they’ve both hit a rocky patch however, with Rua losing to both Jon Jones and Dan Henderson in 2011, while Jackson has suffered back-to-back defeats against Jones and Ryan Bader.
With that in mind it would seem like this might be the time to put together a second fight between them, and surprisingly it’s Shogun, not Rampage who’s banging the drum for the rematch.
“The fight against ‘Rampage’ will happen. It’s inevitable and (the) UFC knows it,” Rua told TATAME after Rampage lost to Bader on Saturday night. “He won’t retire before fighting me and neither am I. I don’t know if he got injured (vs. Bader), if he was not feeling okay….it’s hard to know, but ‘Rampage’ is very professional and deserves to be respected.”
For his part Jackson had in fact specifically asked UFC president Dana White to match him up with Rua at last weekend’s event in Japan, but a scheduling conflict ruled it out.
So, from the sounds of things both men would jump at the chance to fight, but there’s a number of opponents out there for both men so we’ll just have to wait and see what the UFC decides to do.