The Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division is stacked with talent and star power. This fall, two former champions are set to meet in the octagon to further boost a bid to become the top-contender in the 205-pound class. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has verbally agreed to fight Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida in November with the winner possibly becoming the top contender to challenge the champion.
Details of the match are still undisclosed as the agreement is yet to be formalized.
Lyoto Machida lost his title in May 2010 in a rematch with current champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. It was his first defeat in the UFC octagon and the karate master with a solid background in jiu-jitsu promised to return to the octagon a better fighter.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss to The Ultimate Fighter rival coach Rashad Evans, another former UFC light heavyweight champion. Ironically, Evans lost his title to Machida via a brutal second round knockout in UFC.
The winner of the fall matchup will eventually face the champion. Current champion Rua is recovering from knee surgery and is set to defend his title against Rashad Evans within the first half of next year.