This Saturday in Detroit, two former light-heavyweight champions — both coming off of losses — will battle to retain their top-contender status. To better predict the outcome of Rampage vs. Machida, we look to the stats, which never, ever fail us. Check ‘em out below, and don’t forget to make your picks in this week’s MMA Fightpicker pools!
# OF SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENSES AS CHAMPION
Jackson: 55% (21 stoppage wins in 38 career fights)
Machida: 41% (7 stoppage wins in 17 career fights)
CURRENT CAMP AFFILIATION
Jackson: It’s kind of a secret.
Machida: Black House
Jackson: 6’1", 73-inch reach
Machida: 6’1", 74-inch reach
Advantage: The phrase "virtually identical" comes to mind, but the slight edge goes to Machida.
Jackson: Four (2 KO of the Night, 2 Fight of the Night) in seven UFC fights
Machida: Two (2 KO of the Night) in nine UFC fights
Machida: Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 3rd-dan black belt in Shotokan Karate
# OF CHILDREN NAMED AFTER THEIR NICKNAME
Jackson: 4 (D’Angelo Rampage, Raja Rampage, Elijah Rampage, Naname Page)
RECORD AGAINST COMMON OPPONENTS
Jackson: Lost to Mauricio Rua via TKO R1, lost to Rashad Evans via unanimous decision
Machida: Defeated Rashad Evans via KO R2, defeated Mauricio Rua via unanimous decison, lost to Mauricio Rua via KO R1
HAD A SHORT-LIVED MMA "ERA" DEVOTED TO THEM
HAS HUMPED A CAGEPOTATO REPORTER
Machida: Not yet
By a score of 6-5-2, Machida sneaks off with the matchup on paper. Look for the Dragon to win by unanimous decision or a KO/TKO late in the fight…