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Mauricio Rua to serve as Quinton Jackson’s final UFC opponent

If Quinton Jackson is indeed exiting the UFC after his next bout inside the Octagon, as he’s vowed to do, the 33-year old former champion will see a familiar face for his final appearance in Mauricio Rua. Jackson and Rua memorably mixed it up in 2005 under the PRIDE banner where “Shogun” scored a TKO stoppage a little less than five minutes into the melee assisted largely by legal kicks to a downed opponent’s face.

While no date is set for their meeting, the UFC confirmed the match-up as well as the company’s willingness to set Jackson free after the fight on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. The pairing also aligns with a number of public statements from both Jackson and Rua in the past pertaining to their interest in a rematch.

“Rampage” has been seeking his release for the past few weeks, citing problems with pay and an overall level of respect from his longtime employers.

In addition to putting two former title-holders and all-around entertaining, high-level competitors inside the cage together, Rua and Jackson could both use a win as each is coming off a decision loss in their previous performance. Jackson came up short against Ryan Bader at UFC 144, while the Brazilian battle it out with Dan Henderson in a Fight of the Year contender last November.

Success-wise, Rua holds an overall record of 20-6 with wins over Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, Alistair Overeem, and Lyoto Machida to his credit. Comparably, Jackson is 32-10 with notable triumphs against Liddell, Machida, Henderson, and Wanderlei Silva.

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16 COMMENTS
  • Angry Mike says:

    Hopefully Shogun is healthy enough to train hard. If so, this could be a great fight. A healthy Rua wins, imo.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    If both are healthy it will be amazing, hopefully they get tobe the main event and we get 5 rounds.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I think Shogun wins this BUT we may get to see the very best Rampage we have seen in a long time… He will be looking to up his stock for any potential new employers out there, it’s like any other sport, the soon to be free agents always turn it up the season before there out there in the open market… Win or Lose i’m interested to see if Rampage truly shows up ready and focused.

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  • fitfreak says:

    I would’ve rooted for Shogun anyway, but after the recent whinefest from Rampage, I hope Shogun stops him with strikes.

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  • I’ve been wantin this fight since Shogun got signed to the UFC. Sweet, Im not at all happy with Rampage’s whining but I’ll still take him in this fight.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Rampage cried enough and they gave him someone that wont take him down. If he wins I bet they keep him. I hope shogan ends rampages career.

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  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Depends on which of the three Rua’s show up, ranked by cardio levels highest to lowest; Shogun, Shogun who fought Coleman, Ninja. I wanted this fight more a couple of years ago but I am interested to see how bad Rampage wants to avenge that vicious Pride beatdown. We will see, it is a crazy sport, and Rua is coming off of two brutal fights where he took some big damage. This is the fight that should have happened in Japan, although maybe the three man free for all between them and Wanderlei should have been in Japan, hahaha. Steroids for everybody!!!

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Very odd. This is not like the UFC at all. Why would they risk Rua against a leaving Rampage?
    If Rampage knocks out Rua the UFC loses the cred boosted winner and also loses a bit of cred for Rua.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    This does seem odd.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    dana’s not daft – if rampage wins (which I dont think he will), he wont be able to resist the lure of the money and a re-negotiation.

    And when shogun wins by stoppage, he is off into the wilderness with another loss.

    Makes me wonder if Rampage loves japan so much and his children live there, why he doesnt just move. I’m more than sure he could creat a career for himself. He’s trained here in england, been constantly vociferous about american fans and being under appreciated.

    guess we all want to be accepted for who we are from our home

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    You know, there was a time
    where I wanted to name
    my next born son Quinton,
    but now, fumk rhat shit.
    I was hoping for waaaaaaaampage to douche his way out of the UFC,
    bur it appears

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Oops…
    It appears I can’t fight my way out of a wet cell phone in a wet paper bag.
    My apologies.
    Bottom line- Shogun schools Whaaaaaaampage, and Whaaaaaaampage moves on to fight Bob Sapp FTW, then brings Sapp in for A -Team Deuce Drop, where Sapp plays his younger brother caught up in an underground fighting jam.

    Just a hunch.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    So at least Superdave and Adamsfamily can pick a winner.
    Damm
    I pick Shogun.
    In the words of the late Ronny Van Zant,”How ’bout You?”

    Don’t need no anaylsis, just pick a winner.

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  • MCM says:

    I wondered the same as LOGIC. Why take this risk? Give him Phil Davis so he can use him as a stepping stone. But since this is the fight that’s gonna happen and Dr. Stoppage needs a pick…..Shogun but TKO from knees in the clinch.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Well this fight won’t happen soon, Rampage just said on twitter he has to have surgery on both knees.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    isnt it great that top guys who can afford the time off ‘need’ surgery.

    Matt hughes said it years ago, you always go into a fight injured to some degree, just like if you are self employed you have to work injured or sick.

    but if the company is still promoting you, throw in medical insurance and 6 months fight build up to a top opponent – quick, need some surgery just to make sure.

    Remember when ed herman came out to fight after his knee was shredded – i gather that definitely needed fixing.

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