Machida's First Defense Against Quinton Jackson

Written by Tim Ngo
May 25th, 2009

Dana White has confirmed that Lyoto Machida will be defending his UFC light heavyweight title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. “The fights were awesome last night!!! Rashad walked in to redman time for some action. Lyoto vs Rampage next,” White confirmed on his Twitter page.

Machida took full advantage of the gift that he received when  Jackson was unable to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 98 due to a jaw injury he suffered following his victories over Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine.

Now, it’s time for Machida to repay the favor and give Jackson the first crack at his title.

Early rumors have the two fighting sometime in December because both are currently slated to be opposing coaches on the 10th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

If true, Machida will be on a seven-month break, while Jackson will have had nearly nine months out of the Octagon before the two would finally meet.

Ironically, Machida and Jackson were the reason the UFC purchsed the WFA (World Fighting Alliance). White admitted that he wanted to obtain both of their contracts so they could fight in the UFC. Now, they’re going to be fighting one another on the world’s biggest stage.

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