There has been one rematch in particular fans of PRIDE have wanted to see for quite some time – Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Back in 2005 the two met in the opening round of the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix with Rua scoring a vicious knockout victory over Jackson.
After falling to Jon Jones in a bout for the light heavyweight title last year, Jackson asked to be matched up with Rua for the recently-completed UFC card in Japan, UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. The timing didn’t work out, and instead Jackson faced Ryan Bader and lost.
While Jackson’s stock may have taken a hit, “Shogun” doesn’t seem to mind in terms of another fight with Jackson. Rua, who was last seen falling to Dan Henderson in what many called the “Fight of the Year” this past November, still feels the need to step inside the Octagon with “Rampage” before the two retire from the sport.
“The fight against ‘Rampage’ will happen. It’s inevitable and (the) UFC knows it,” said Rua, in a recent interview with TATAME. “He won’t retire before fighting me and neither am I. I don’t know if he got injured (vs. Bader), if he was not feeling okay….it’s hard to know, but ‘Rampage’ is very professional and deserves to be respected.”
Rua added that he is expecting to find out his next opponent soon and will be back in training quickly to return to action. However, he offered no hint as to who the lucky party will be, only saying, “I don’t discard Ryan Bader nor ‘Rampage’, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin… I guess there are many guys I could fight,” said Rua.
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