During a new article by British tabloid The Sun, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has contradicted a Yahoo! Sports report that indicated his next fight was likely to take place at UFC 93 on Jan. 31.
The paper claims that Jackson said in an interview with UK sports channel Setanta Sports that he will be returning to action at UFC 92 on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas and that his opponent could be former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva.
“I fight on December 27 and I’m hoping it’s against (Silva),” the paper quotes Jackson as saying. “And if it is I’m going to be ready to steamroller him. It doesn’t matter if he’s beaten me twice before, it matters on the night. But the UFC have approached a few people to take the fight and a couple of them have turned it down.”
The report indicates that while Jackson expects to return before year’s end, whether or not Silva is his opponent is contingent upon Silva agreeing to the bout. However, Silva already holds two previous wins over Jackson.
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.