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Rumor of the Day: Alexander Gustafsson May Help the UFC Bid Rampage Jackson Farewell Later This Year

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(And then it’s back to the glory days.) 

Fresh off a unanimous decision win over Thiago Silva at UFC on FUEL 2 in Sweden, rumor has it that Alexander Gustafsson is being looked at as a potential opponent for Quinton Jackson’s much desired swan song with the UFC. No potential date or venue has been mentioned.

Although it was previously reported that Jackson would duke it out with Mauricio Rua in a rematch of their PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 fight, our fanboyish dreams were almost immediately squashed when Page was forced to undergo double knee surgery in the fallout of his UFC 144 decision loss to Ryan Bader. Not wanting to sit on the shelf for too long, Rua has opted to take another fight, possibly at UFC 147, to stay active.

Sources within FightersOnly have stated that the Zuffa brass were eyeing the winner of the Silva/Gustafsson bout before they even threw down at last weekend’s event. Silva and Rampage were originally supposed to square off at UFC 130, until Silva pissed hot following his UFC 125 scrap with Brandon Vera and was replaced by Matt Hamill. The fight that resulted was disappointing to say the least.

Jon Jones comparisons aside, Gustafsson has been on an absolute tear as of late, and a win over Rampage would do a lot for him in terms of drawing power and marketability. Granted Jackson is nowhere near the fighter he once was, at least not in his last performance, but a win over a former UFC champ would be a huge accomplishment for “The Mauler,” and could put him in line for a title shot in the very near future.

It has also been rumored that Jackson was offered a fight with Phil Davis previously, but turned it down due to his well known hatred of fighting anyone with a ground game whatsoever. This is a former MMA champion, ladies and gentlemen. Though Gustafsson possesses strong enough grappling abilities to give Rampage trouble, he is primarily a striker and could make for one hell of a fight for Jackson to go out on. Not as great as his fight with Shogun would likely have been, but satisfying to some degree.

Then it will be back to the worlds of transsexualismbestiality, and terrible rap songs for our old friend. Ar-reba-derchi.

-J. Jones

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sausagelauncher- April 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm
Guss should get Bader first. What's this Rampage nonsense about? He should have to fight Vlady Matushenko. Which i think would suprise some.
FightZen- April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Rampage, imo, has been the biggest disappointment of the Pride crew. He had 2 good fights in the UFC, both against guys on the downslide (Iceman and Wondy). If he fought like he talked? He's barely been able to eek out decisions against worse fighters than Gustafson.
cagepotatoeisamoron- April 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm
you sound like such a moron saying this...in the ufc he has beaten chuck liddell, dan henderson, wandy, jardine, hamill, lyoto machida and in my opinion he did win the forrest griffin title fight. how the fuck is that more disappointing than wanderlei silva mirko cro cop gilbert yvel,takanori gomi and many many other fighters who came over from pride?? if anything, rampage has been one of the more successful pride fighters in the UFC. do some research before making dumb comments.
FightZen- April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Rampage is a decision machine. He has the widest margin of descrepancy between trash talking and backing it up out of any fighter in history. I didn't say he didn't win, young nuthugger, just that he's boring as hell. He can't produce exciting fights anymore. End of story.
Stalin87- April 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Cagepotato you're an absolute joke. Rampage has taken fights in the UFC against plenty of wrestlers, and for what is supposed to be the final fight in the company you take him to task for not wanting to fight a guy who is gonna try and wrestle him for 15 minutes. Rampage is apart of the old MMA guard where winning impressively was more important then just getting a win. You should show a veteran and former champion of this sport more respect. Everyone is crowning Gustafsson the next legit challenger at 205, and Rampage is willing to take a dangerous fight where he could go out on a L and severely hurt his marketability on the Free Agent market…and here you guys just dump on him. You don't have to like the guy, for what he's done outside of MMA, but don't belittle his accomplishments and will to fight inside the cage.
Sopapo- April 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Im gonna be the first one to defend Rampage. The dude had one bad fight against bader. Before that he looked GREAT against Jon Jones in which we all expected him to be destroyed probably in the first round but he fought a smart fight and prevented takedowns. Say what you want about him, the dude is a fighter. And a fight with Gustaffson would be a fight he stands a good chance to win.
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