Rampage back in action?
Rumors have been swirling for awhile that we might see Quinton "Rampage" Jackson back in action and sooner rather than later. Wanderlei Silva has been listed as the possible opponent. Some suggested a November return, but that seems to be ruled out by Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole in his latest mailbag.
“A very good source told me on Tuesday he expects Jackson and Silva to fight Jan. 31 (Super Bowl weekend) in Las Vegas in UFC 93. It’s a very fluid situation, but it’s almost certain it won’t happen in November and it’s very unlikely for December.” -Kevin Iole
I heard something similar over the weekend, but these things are really much more fickle than they look sometimes. This plan could change but I really hope it doesn’t because Jackson needs a match that will be bigger than his hype.
If he was to fight someone lower on the totem pole, the focus of the fight would be Jackson’s episode. A rematch with Silva, however, would have plenty of intrigue just as far as the light heavyweight division is concerned, let alone the fact that Silva has smashed him twice (though Rampage has looked better in the UFC than Silva).
This fight needs to happen with the winner taking on Lyoto Machida for a shot at Rashad Evans or Forrest Griffin.