Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may end up fighting Lyoto Machida after all.
It was revealed earlier this week that the UFC wanted Rampage vs. Machida to co-headline UFC 119, but Rampage turned the fight down. It may have been more of a timing issue than a reluctance to fight Machida though, because word is they’re going to meet later this fall.
The match-up Dana White teased fans with a couple months ago now seems to be in the works. Former light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson are expected to meet at an as of yet unannounced event in the fall, possibly in November.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com as being in the works by sources close to the bout, and Jackson himself posted on his Twitter account that he was issued a bout agreement for a fight and was about to sign it late Tuesday evening.
As the report mentions, it’s unknown which card this fight will land on, but UFC 122 does seem the most likely. UFC 121 and UFC 123 already have major headliners, so unless Rampage-Machida gets slotted as a co-main event, it’s either UFC 122 in November or UFC 124 at year’s end.
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Update: MMA Junkie is reporting the fight is penciled in to headline a yet-to-be-announced Nov. 20 card. UFC 122 is scheduled for Nov. 13, so it looks like this is a different card entirely, perhaps the one Dana’s been working on to make up for UFC 112?
Update 2: MMA Fighting is hearing the fight could take place at UFC 122 on Nov. 13 in Germany. Sorry to confuse anyone, but it’s a little unclear if the Nov. 20 card, assuming there is one, will become UFC 123 or something else. If so, that would make the Dec. 11 card with GSP-Koscheck UFC 124 and the year-end show, UFC 125.