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Rampage/Shogun Rematch in the Works?

During this recent Q&A session (shot by the MMA Analyst), Mauricio “Shogun” Rua claimed that his next fight will likely be against Quinton Jackson in December. Rua and Jackson previously met at PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 (4/23/2005), where Rua won by first-round knockout after some rib-crushing knee strikes and a trio of fight-ending soccer kicks.

If this is true, then the previous rumors about a third meeting between Rampage and Wanderlei Silva are false. In a new video interview on Sherdog, the Axe Murderer says that the UFC hasn’t spoken to him about a fight with Jackson, though he’d enjoy the matchup. (“A fight with him is a pleasure, because I don’t like him,” Silva says. He also pronounces “Rashad” as “Hasha.”) Unfortunately, this puts us back to square one on predicting who Wandy’s next opponent will be. He says he wants to rematch Chuck Liddell, but that fight may not happen until next year; if Liddell beats Rashad Evans next month, the Iceman’s next fight would very likely be Forrest Griffin for the light-heavyweight title. Wild guess: Wanderlei gets the winner of UFC 89′s Lyoto Machida/Thiago Silva match, but not until January or February.

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The Krout- August 21, 2008 at 8:10 pm
Rampage/Shogun will be interesting if it happens. See if Shogun can beat Rampage without Pride's vitamin S.
MKO- August 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm
Can you imagine the fear the UFC has if Rashad beats Liddell (which he should) and sets up the obvious (should be) eliminator with Lyoto?
Nick Trav- August 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Wanderlei has stated several times that the reason he is waiting until december to fight is because he wants to fight on the end of the year card, as it is the biggest show of the year and it is a big deal to these ex-pride guys. So he is most definitely fighting on the december card. Now who is another matter.
budgetmmafan- August 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm
My guess is Wanderlei's next fight depends on whether Liddell beats Evans.

If Liddell wins, Wanderlei probably gets Machida/Silva winner.

If Liddell loses, Wanderlei gets Griffin. UFC probably doesn't want Jackson fighting again until his legal issues are at all resovled, Liddell can't get a title shot coming off a loss, & Machida/Silva aren't big enough names to get a title shot, yet (also, I doubt UFC wants Griffin vs Machida for the belt because both guys struggle to finish).
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