Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to Fight Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Then Leave UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
March 13th, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Mauricio Shogun Rua

During Tuesday’s edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” UFC president Dana White decided to grant Quinton “Rampage” Jackson his wish. Rampage will meet fellow former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Pictured) later this year and will then part ways with the world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion.

Since posting a lopsided unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 144, Rampage has been petitioning for the organization to release him despite having one bout remaining on his contract. The veteran feels disrespected because he’s fought injured on numerous occasions with no appreciation from the UFC.

Rampage has posted a 7-4 mark inside the Octagon. He beat UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell to capture the 205-pound crown back in May 2007, but lost the title two bouts later to Forrest Griffin.

Shogun was defeated by Dan Henderson in an instant classic at UFC 139. The Brazilian has alternated between wins and losses over his past six outings.

This shootout marks their second tango. Shogun soccer kicked his way to a vicious TKO victory at “Pride: Total Elimination 2005” in Japan.

White did not confirm when the 205-pounders would rekindle their rivalry.

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