UFC 91: Silva vs. Jackson III
Two reports have surfaced today that suggest the highly rumored UFC 91 match-up between Wanderlei Silva and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is all but signed. According to MMACanada.net, Rampage will get his shot at UFC 91 to avenge his losses against Wanderlei Silva from 2003 and 2004. MMA Mania has a similar report up, except it states that the UFC is awaiting signed bout agreements from both parties.
The blockbuster light heavyweight match up will co-headline UFC 91: “Couture vs. Lesnar” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15.
Bout agreements have been distributed to both fighters and are just now awaiting signatures. Representatives from Silva’s management team, however, indicate that the Brazilian camp will have its end of the agreement signed and completed by the end of the day.
Like I said previously, with Couture and Lesnar expected to break pay-per-view records, there may be more people watching UFC 91 than any UFC event before it. If Wandy and Rampage put on a epic fight that rivals their first two encounters, Nov. 15 could be the night when they become top-level mainstream pay-per-view draws. People may tune in for Couture and Lesnar, but don’t be surprised if Wandy and Rampage steal the show.
I don’t know that Rampage is ready for it, but since it appears to be happening, I’m not going to hold my excitement back.
Cheick Kongo Joins Wolfslair
Speaking of Rampage, it appears that his former teammate under Juanito Ibarra, Check Kongo, has followed him to his new training camp in Endland, the Wolfslair. The news comes from Eurosport-Yahoo!.
The UK’s premier MMA gym has added another top UFC name to its roster after the Wolfslair Academy revealed to Eurosport-Yahoo! they have taken over the management of French heavyweight Cheick Kongo.
According to Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann, it sounds like Ibarra and the UFC aren’t exactly on good terms, which is one of the reasons that led Kongo to make the jump.
“Quinton had a split from his coach and he knew what a good job we did with Bisping so it was a natural move for him.
“His old management weren’t on great terms with the UFC, but we are very UFC-friendly here and have a lot of time for (UFC president) Dana White so we stepped in.
“It was the same with Cheick. He was having some problems negotiating his new contract with the UFC and was looking for somewhere to train so it was an easy decision for him to join his mates.”
Even with his win over Cro Cop, I’ve never been all that impressed by Kongo, so it will be interesting to see what kind of improvements the team at Wolfslair can make to his game.
The only details of the Ibarra-Jackson split are from what Tito Ortiz told the world, so it’s hard to say if Juanito really is deserving of his fighters leaving him. Regardless though, it doesn’t look like Ibarra has a very bright future in mixed martial arts.