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Quinton Jackson verbally agrees to fight Thiago Silva in May

In a talent pool as shark-infested as the UFC‘s light heavyweight division there’s little reason to ever expect an easy match-up. American Top Team’s Thiago Silva is a prime example of such being the case, as the polished Brazilian returned from a year-long layoff due to a severe back injury and faced Brandon Vera last weekend at UFC 125 rather than a warm-up opponent to re-acclimate himself to the cage. Before the bout ultimately resulting in a one-sided drumming – literally – of Vera unfolded, Silva had faced former 205-pound champions in two of his three previous pairings with veteran competitor Keith Jardine in the middle.

Now it appears Silva will face yet another former divisional title-holder in the form of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (31-8), as a scrap between the two has been verbally agreed on with pen being put to contractual paper in near future. Assuming no wrenches are thrown into the plan it is expected the bout will take place on May 28 at UFC 130 in Las Vegas.

News of the potential match-up and attached event were reported by MMAJunkie.

“Rampage” is fresh off split decision success over Lyoto Machida this past November after having dropped his prior fight by way of points to Rashad Evans. He had won eight of nine bouts entering the Evans loss including victories over Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Dan Henderson.

His 28-year old opponent, Silva, is 2-2 in his last four fights with losses to Machida and Evans after opening up his career with a 13-0 record. In addition to Vera and Jardine, he holds wins over Houston Alexander and Tomasz Drwal.

If the two talented 205ers do end up together in the Octagon they will likely join former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir and TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson on the card who have also been attached to a fight with each other at the event.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

17 COMMENTS
  • Jak says:

    If either fighter takes this fight lightly they are going to get f*cked up.

    It’s awesome that this is the potential fight. Jones vs. Bader, Silva vs Jackson. that’s the way it should be. top fighters fighting top fighters.

  • Niv says:

    Jak totally agree with you.

    That’s going to be one hell of a fight, and I would think it would set up the perfect match-up for a title shot between the winners of the two fights you mentioned.

    Whether it’s Jones vs Silva, Bader vs Silva, Jones vs Rampage or Bader vs Rampage the potential for great fights is endless here. I love this match-up, I think Silva is showing that his back problems are behind him, I believe he’s going to make a great run here. He has the required tools and a serious mean streak that’s tailor made for what he does.

    As someone who had back surgery for a ruptured disk himself, I honestly can tell you the fact that Silva was fighting with a back needing surgery is nothing short of superhuman.

  • Man this is a fight for anyone that’s a fan of a good old fashioned brawl. Both of these two will come out and swing for the fences. Thiago had better be intelligent in his approach to this fight or he’ll think that Machida’s KO of him was light and gentle. Jackson only needs to avoid the ground or at least be prepared to scramble up throwin bombs.
    I think Thiago is out of his league here, Vera crumples when pushed and Jackson doesnt. I see an intense first round by followed by a rampage KO at the beginning of round 2. I cant wait for this one. what a card shaping up!

  • matt says:

    AWESOME FIGHT!

    Two of the most intimidating, heavy handed fighters in the division. This should be a slugfest with a guaranteed knockout. I think the winner of this fight will also gain a title shot sometime in 2011.

  • MCM says:

    Ya’ll know I’m biased against Rampage, so I’m hoping to see him receive a good old fashioned Mau Tai beating. Maybe Thiago can throw in a little Wanderie smile while he’s at it. :)
    Silva by KO round 2.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Good fight. At least we know that this will be an interesting fight.
    I’ll go for Rampage via TKO. Thiago has the skills but I think he is just a little too slow.

  • Creature says:

    i really dislike thiago, his attitude bugs me. even if i was a fan of his id still say hes gonna have a hell of a time getting the W here. rampage via TKO round 1

  • Angry Mike says:

    I think Silva acts like a db, and he did in the fight with Vera. But Rampage’s stand up is unimpressive. He tends to stand flat footed in front of opponents, looking to land the big bomb. He never has defended leg kicks, and lately he barely wrestles. A healthy Silva is going to beat him badly.

  • MickeyC says:

    A real bully fight. The stare down at the weight in will be nasty.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Hard to call. We’ve all seen Muay Thai work to perfection on Rampage, this leads me to lean towards Thiago since Rampage doesn’t seem interested in using wrestling as a fight strategy anymore. But then again, if Rampage chooses to stand and bang who knows what could happen with both guys swinging hammers.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    oh and MickeyC, you got it. This stare-down couldn’t disappoint.

  • Jak says:

    Angry Mike… totally agree. Rampage was arguably the #1/2 LHW for so long, his striking and strength were awesome, and when he crossed over into the UFC it seemed like he put everything together to be the top guy…

    and then suddenly, his striking and his cardio and his strength became non existent. He looked so non dimensional against both Evans and Machida.

  • stone says:

    Its the good ol’ “if it stays standin its Rampage with a KO and if it goes to the ground its Silva with a GnP win” scenario. This fight could easily be FOTN. Two of the best at their styles. This whole time Shogun is out with the injury, we should be able to have the true #1 contender after Rashad… After that, maybe Anderson Silva can get in on the action? The UFC 205 division is THE SHIT! No other division gets me more excited for MMA action.

  • boomnutz says:

    i think this fight will be SICK!!! I like both of these fighters. I think the criticism of Rampage is slighly off base, i think his skills are questioned because of the matchups he’s had, he wants someone that will stand and bang, look at his fights with Chuck, Hendo, Forrest, Wanderlei, but then they matched him up with Rashad, and Lyoto who fight a more measured planned fight, and Rampage just wants to brawl (he’ll have a willing partner here) I would discredit Rampage’s attitude more for his apparent shortcomings, he’s not willing to gameplan and change his fight style…it’s the old adage, styles make fights and this one should be fucking sick!!!

    Silva was open to counter punches vs Machida, i can Rampage turning out the lights again, Rampage 2nd or 3rd rd tko

  • boomnutz says:

    one other thing, wish Rampage would go back to Ibarra, Wolfslair is very underwhelming…

  • Angry Mike says:

    Absolutely agree. Rampage left Juanito and has been far less prepared and competitive. He needs to make another change before he’s completely trashed his career. Even a character with a big name has to win or he’s out. Ask Liddell.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Love rampage but not sure what he has left in the tank

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