PRIDE superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will likely return to the cage and face former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 92 in December, according to the Brazilian news magazine Tatame.
“I’m back to training. I’m doing some Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu stuff, and thanks God everything is fine now”
“I’ll be back in December… They said that I might fight with Quinton Jackson, but nothing has been signed yet.
“They (UFC) called me and offered a fight with him (Rampage) and I accepted, but they didn’t say anything else more”
(Quinton’s Legal Problems) “can be a problem, but I want him back in December and against me, and I believe he can be back”
Rua holds a first round KO win over the former champion back at PRIDE’S – Total Elimination 2005.
Both fighter coming off a loss to the UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and their past history together, the matchup makes sense for the UFC.
Whether Rampage’s legal issues will prevent him from competing, it is to early to say.