Two former UFC light heavyweight champions collide next month as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida live from the Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. The event will mark the first time that the UFC has been in the Motor City since UFC IX in 1996.
“Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida are two of the top light heavyweights in the world,” UFC President Dana White said. “I expect this fight to be a war, as both of these guys want to get back in the title run.”
A former Pride veteran and UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (30-8) has scored knockout victories over Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva and decision wins over Dan Henderson and Keith Jardine. He last fought at UFC 114 this past May, where the Memphis native suffered a unanimous decision loss to rival Rashad Evans. It was his first fight in over a year, and many felt that ring rust may have led to the loss, something that Rampage hopes to fix this time around.
“I started this camp very early,” Jackson said. “I stayed in shape from the last fight and the weight hasn’t been an issue this time. Every single minute of this camp will be focused on technique, not getting back in shape or shaking the ring rust after a long time off.”
The always entertaining Jackson refused to give a prediction for the fight when recently asked by Karyn Bryant of MMA H.E.A.T.
“Hell if I know, I’m not psychic,” Jackson responded when asked who would win the fight. “Who knows?”
Jackson will have his hands full with the always-elusive Machida, who is coming off of his first loss to Maurício “Shogun” Rua this past May. Jackson noted that while Machida may fight “tricky,” he plans on bringing it.
“I come to fight,” said Jackson. “Some people don’t always show up to fight, they want to be tricky and do angles, I come to fight. You guys can figure out how the fight’s going to go, I come to fight.”
UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida takes place on November 20, 2010 from The Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan.
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