UFC announces Rampage Jackson vs. Shogun Rua 2Posted on March 14, 2012, 06:37 AM by Anton Gurevich
After long weeks of speculations about his future, it looks like the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, has finally got his wish. Jackson will be released from his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract, but only after the long-anticipated PRIDE rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, most likely this summer.
Here's the official announcement on UFC.com:
As reported on Fuel TV's UFC Tonight, UFC President Dana White has revealed that disgruntled former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will face another former champ, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The stellar pairing will be a rematch of their 2005 PRIDE bout, which Rua won by knockout. The bout is the last of Jackson's UFC contract, and he and the UFC are expected to part ways after the fight, which doesn't have a site or date yet.
Thity-three year old Jackson will look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats to Ryan Bader and the reigning 205 champ Jon Jones, currently holding a professional MMA record of 32-10. First fight between Jackson and Rua ended in favor of the Brazilian, via a brutal soccer kicks TKO in Round 1.