Since his loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 114 in May there’s been a lot of speculation as to who Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will fight next.
According to Brazilian site TATAME, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira looks like being that the man for the job.
“It’s set that he’ll be back in September, and rumors point that his opponent might be Quinton Jackson,” Rogerio’s trainer Luis Carlos Dorea tells the site. “It’d be a great fight for Rogério, he’s a former UFC champion and a victory over him will move us pretty close to the title. The UFC only has top athletes and Quinton Jackson is really dangerous. It’d be a great fight, but the UFC didn’t confirmed anything yet.”
According to TATAME they have since been able to confirm that the fight has been agreed upon, though the contracts have not yet been signed.
If true then this would certainly be an interesting fight. Rogerio would have a major advantage should the fight hit the floor, but the stand-up battle would be intriguing. Jackson is a natural striker and should have the edge, but Lil Nog has put a lot of time into his boxing in recent years, and it has paid dividends as was seen with his TKO defeat over Luiz Cane in his UFC debut.
Both fighters were stars during their time in the PRIDE organization, but their paths never crossed. Now it appears they could be set to meet in the octagon. If Dorea is correct on the timeline for this bout then I suspect this could well be the main event of UFC 119 on the 25th of September.