Over the course of the past couple of months there have been numerous unconfirmed reports speculating that a match between UFC light heavyweight title contenders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva could take place on either Nov. 15 at UFC 91 or on Dec. 27 at UFC 92.
To date, the matchup has never been announced by the UFC and neither camp for both fighters have issued an official comment in response to the reports.
However, in his latest mailbag column for Yahoo! Sports, columnist Kevin Iole responds to a reader question about the scheduling of the fight by indicating that the fight is “almost certain” not to happen in November and is also “very unlikely” to be scheduled for December.
According to Iole, “a very good source” informed him on Tuesday that he expects the Jackson vs. Silva matchup to take place at UFC 93 during Super Bowl weekend on Jan. 31.
If the report proves to be correct, UFC 93 could shape up to be a stacked card as it is also believed that a welterweight rematch between champion Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn is expected to take place on the same card.
Jackson, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and Silva, PRIDE’s former middleweight champion, have fought on two previous occasions.
Their first meeting took place in the finals of PRIDE’s 2003 middleweight Grand Prix tournament in Japan on Nov. 19 of that year. After recording a stunning second round TKO vs. Chuck Liddell and spoiling a much-anticipated dream match between Liddell and Silva, Jackson faced Silva in the final, where he was TKO’d at 6:28 of round 1.
The two rematched less than a year later at PRIDE 28 in October 2004 and it was Silva who once again got the better of Jackson following a knockout at 3:26 of round 2.