On the heels of last weekend’s UFC 114 event, Fighters Only Magazine is reporting that UFC President Dana White told the press in attendance that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could face fellow former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida later this year. Jackson was on track to face Machida during his brief tenure as champion before he accepted a coaching spot opposite rival Rashad Evans on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“I was talking to [Lyoto’s manager] Ed Soares, I am going to get together with Machida in the next couple of days… maybe ‘Rampage’,” White told press when asked who might be next to face “The Dragon.”
Although “Rampage” lost to rival Evans at UFC 114 and looked a shade rusty in the process, he still appeared to have what it takes to compete at the highest level of the most volatile division in the UFC. A bout between himself and Machida is not only compelling, it makes quite a bit of sense. Machida recently lost his belt at UFC 113 in a rematch with now-Champion and former “Rampage”-conqueror Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Neither Machida nor Jackson are far removed from a title shot and a victory by one over the other would have the winner knocking on Rua’s door (assuming he gets past his next challenger, “Suga” Rashad Evans).
The bout is far from a done deal, however, and there is a bevy of hungry and talented up-and-comers in the 205 division that either man could find himself pitted against. Either way one thing is for sure, there is no shortage of compelling bouts in the UFC’s light heavyweight division so, even if they do not end up facing each other just yet, look for both men to enter into exciting matchups in their next go around.