An often talked about rematch between former PRIDE foes Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua has finally come to fruition.
On last night’s ‘UFC Tonight’ show on Fuel TV, reporter Ariel Helwani broke the news that the two former champion’s had agreed to fight at a future UFC event, though no date has yet been confirmed for this light-heavyweight showdown.
According to Helwani, Dana White has also confirmed that the UFC have agreed to ‘Rampage’s’ request to be released and as such this will be his last fight for the promotion.
‘Rampage’ and ‘Shogun’ first fought in PRIDE back in 2005 in the opening round of their middleweight grand-prix. It proved to be a one-sided fight with ‘Shogun’ putting on a muay thai clinic early in the first round before finishing him with soccer kicks.
Ever since then ‘Rampage’ has claimed that he was injured prior to that fight and should have never have agreed to it (sound familiar?), and as such has consistently called for a rematch.
Now his wish has been granted and it comes at a time when both men have been performing at less than 100% in the Octagon, with each losing two of their past four fights.
Nobody would question ‘Shogun’s’ desire to compete however and both of his victories during that period have come by first round KO while ‘Rampage’ hasn’t finished an opponent in over four years and has regularly talked about the possibility of retiring in recent times.
With that in mind the Brazilian looks like the favorite going into this bout, though it should also be noted that he has taken some heavy beatdowns in his losses to Jon Jones and most recently Dan Henderson, and added to the fact that he’s been plagued with serious knee injuries he’s not neccessarily the fighter he once was either.
Below you can watch footage of this fight being announced on yesterday’s ‘UFC Tonight’ show.