News of the bout was recently confirmed by MMAJunkie.com.
Jackson had tweeted last night about his next match:
Almost ready 2 sign the bout agreement! i would tell yall who im gonna get down with, but i cant spell his name…hahaha
Both Machida and Jackson have verbally agreed to the fight, which could take place at UFC 123 and is expected for November 20, although nothing has been finalized.
Jackson returned after a year lay-off to film the A-Team movie when he faced Rashad Evans in a highly anticipated grudge match at UFC 114. Evans dropped Rampage early in the first round and dictated the pace of the fight by continuously putting Rampage against the cage. Rampage nearly finished the fight with a flurry in the third round, but was unable to capitalize on the situation.
Machida, the former champion is trying to shake off the loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113. A fight that saw an overly-zealous Machida dropped by Rua and then pounded out. The former champion had been undefeated with sixteen straight wins before the loss.
The winner is surely expected to find himself in the mix for a title shot against the winner of the upcoming Rua/Evans bout in the spring.