Reports are surfacing that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former PrideFC 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva will square off at UFC 91 on November 15. Rampage’s new camp, Wolfslair, is stating that the former champion has already accepted the fight and has begun an intense six-week camp to prepare for his former PrideFC foe. Silva holds two knockout victories over Rampage from their days in PrideFC.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed the rumor with sources at Wolfslair, however neither fighter has publicly confirmed the fight. MMAJunkie’s report confirms what was previously reported here on 5thRound.com last month.
This will be Rampage’s first bout since he lost his title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86, and since he led Costa Mesa Police on a hit and run chase in July. Rampage has since pleaded not guilty to those charges, even though he was the sole occupant in the truck that police pulled over at gun point, which had an image of the former champion on its side door.
Silva is coming off of the most important victory of his career, having knocked out Keith Jardine in the 1stRound at UFC 84. Silva had lost his previous three bouts and admitted that suffering a fourth consecutive loss would have had him contemplating retirement.
Many MMA enthusiasts might be wondering why a third bout between the two would be necessary considering Silva has already posted two dominating victories over Rampage. However, considering their current standings within the UFC’s deepest division, this is an important fight for both fighters, with title shot implications on the line.
UFC 91 will be one of the organization’s deepest cards in quite some time. The event will also feature a very important lightweight match up between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson. Florian is risking his top contender status, as he chose to stay active while champion BJ Penn moves up to challenge welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 93.
The card will be headlined by the return of UFC heavyweight Randy Couture taking on Broack Lesnar. This will be Couture’s first fight in almost one year. He had resigned from his post as champion of the UFC last October, and had been in a bitter court battle with the organization before coming to an agreement to return just a few weeks ago.
Here are the other fighters Rumored to be competing on the card:
Alvin Robinson vs. TBD
Justin Buchholz vs. TBD
Nate Laughran vs. TBD
Tamdan McCrory vs. Dustin Hazelett
Matt Riddle vs. Troy Mandoloniz
Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone
Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Josh Hendricks vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Joe Stevenson vs. Kenny Florian
Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture