Lyoto Machida Confirms NOVEMBER Return Against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Written by Tom Ngo
August 11th, 2010

UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Lyoto Machida

We are inching closer and closer to discovering EXACTLY when the highly anticipated light heavyweight scrap between former UFC champs Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will go down. While both have Tweeted tidbits of info regarding their tango, no date, location or venue have been assigned.

Stop the Octagon presses because Machida has assured his fans that he’ll be back just in time for the Holidays.

“For those who are asking. The fight is confirmed to November against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson!” Machida Tweeted just moments ago.

As of today, UFC 122 on November 13th is the promotion’s only rumored show for the month. However, that card is expected to take place inside Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany and will be made available on Spike TV via same-day tape-delay.

While it’s highly unlikely the powers that be would showcase such a pivotal 205-pound affair for $Free.99, on Tuesday, Mark Ratner, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, said they were in the process of securing a landing spot for an event the weekend after their freebie fight card.

“Today I’m working on different possible venues for November 20th (sorry, no hints). Stay tuned to UFC.com for details!” Ratner Tweeted.

After being humbled by bitter rival Rashad Evans in his last outing at UFC 114, Rampage was quickly put to work at his part-time gig as the hype man for his summer film The A-Team. Now that B.A. Baracus has fulfilled his international promotional commitments, it’s time to get back in the gym to pay some bills.

Machida lost the light heavyweight crown to reigning champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113. After being handed his first professional blemish, “The Dragon” called upon his old Brazilian buddy Anderson Silva to help him recapture his mojo.

If this shootout does take place five days before Thanksgiving, MMA fans will be in for a real treat this Holiday Season as a barrage of blockbuster events will ensure 2010 ends with a bang.

Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar will be defending his belt against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 on October 23rd in one of the deepest cards of the year, then Machida would meet Rampage at what’s expected to be dubbed UFC 123, and finally Georges St-Pierre will close the show with his welterweight title fight against Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on December 11th.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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