If Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson gets his way then he already has his next three fights lined up.
“I want to go get Rashad. Nice warm-up fight, kick his ass. Fight Shogun, redeem myself for my sleep, for my mind. Then go and beat the hell out of Forrest, retire him,” Rampage tells FightersOnly magazine.
It’s not a particularly surprising line-up. His grudge match with Rashad Evans, which stems from their time as coaches on TUF season 10, is already set and goes down at UFC 114 in Las Vegas at the end of the month.
If he wins against Evans then a title fight with Shogun Rua is guaranteed, and suits him just fine.
In his mind it’s a chance to avenge a previous defeat to the Brazilian from back at Pride: Total Elimination in 2005 in which Rua put on a brutal Muay Thai clinic before finishing via soccer kicks midway the opening round.
The third fight on his list is with Forrest Griffin, and it’s another chance for revenge since Griffin defeated Jackson by unanimous decision to claim his light-heavyweight title. He has been bitter about that results ever since, claiming that he should have been awarded the decision and is convinced that he is the better fighter.
It will be interesting to see if Rampage gets his wish to fight these three. Reports in March suggested that after burying the hatchet with UFC president Dana White, the fighter had signed a new six fight deal with the promotion.
If that is indeed the case then it’s more than likely he will fight both men during that period as they are fights that makes sense for the UFC from a ratings perspective as well as for Rampage himself.