With Forrest Griffin out of action at least until sometime this summer, it’s a pretty safe bet that Rampage will be getting the next light heavyweight title shot instead of the Griffin rematch he asked for. Dana White even publicly said Evans vs Jackson is the direction they’ll likely go in.
So really, the only remaining question is, where and when? Well, MMAMania.com believes they may have the answer. How about UFC 96 on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio?
MMAmania.com can confirm that a main event title fight between newly crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans (13-0-1) and former 205-pound kingpin Quinton Jackson (29-7) could be added to the UFC 96 card at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7.
Perhaps the only thing currently standing in the way is time — both fighters face relatively tight turnarounds (nine weeks) since their most recent winning performances at UFC 92: “The Ultimate 2008” on Dec. 27.
If you take a quick look at the current UFC 96 rumored fight card, you’ll see that the card is pretty much filled up sans a clear headliner. Chuck Liddell was previously rumored for the event, but the latest has him likely facing Shogun Rua or Wanderlei Silva, and neither of those two will likely be ready to go by the beginning of March. So far, the biggest confirmed fight is Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin, which just isn’t a main event caliber fight.
So, if the UFC can make it happen, I’m sure they’d love to book Rampage vs. Rashad for the title as the UFC 96 headliner.