The UFC officially announced The UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin fight card today. Each fighter has completed 13 weeks a coach on the Ultimate Fighter season 7 and are now preparing to face one another on July 5 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Events Center.
“Forrest Griffin has come full circle; he started in the UFC as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter and now he is a coach of the show. Rampage Jackson took the UFC by storm by defeating Chuck Liddell to become the UFC light heavyweight champion and then defeating Pride champion Dan Henderson to unify the belts,” said Dana White, UFC president.
Rampage Jackson appears confident that he’ll be able to retain the title. “I think this fight with Forrest will be a great fight, we both like to please the crowd and we both have the same agenda, we both want to win this fight,” said Jackson. “It’s my job to stay the champion – I’ve come too far to back down now, so I’m going to have to drag Forrest through the woods.”
Forrest Griffin says he’s ready for the fight; and wants to win so he can have enter the ring second. “I’m really excited to be fighting for the title – if I win, I get to walk out to the Octagon second – I hate walking out first,” said Griffin. “I think I’m ready for this fight, I’ve been watching Rocky a lot – he’s really good at taking a beating. And Rampage always shows up ready for a fight, in his last fight he went 25 minutes with one of the toughest guys in the business, so I know he will be ready, too.”
Below is the UFC 86 Rumored Fight Card:
-Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
-Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
-Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
-Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
-Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill
-Tyson Griffin vs. TBA
-Cole Miller vs. TBA
-Steve Bruno vs. TBA
-Ben Saunders vs. TBA