If it’s up to Quinton Rampage Jackson, he’s going to fight another rabble against Wanderlei Silva. On Monday’s The MMA Hour, Jackson said that he still owes the Brazilian’ a punishment’. Silva accepts the challenge, on a condition.
Jackson lost his last fight of Chael Sonnen on Bellator 192. This was in the first round of the heavyweight tournament organised by Bellator. The routines went the full fifteen minutes and then the arm of Sonnen went up.
Last Monday, Jackson expressed his wish for a fight with The Axe Murderer. The veterans have a long history and Jackson wants to equalize the score.
I still owe Wanderlei a punishment,”says Jackson,” I know that he is not a heavyweight. The last time I fought him, I knocked him out of his weight class. But he defeated me twice, I beat him only once. I think I still owe him an ass whooping.
The rivalry between the two dates back to the time of PRIDE. In the Japanese organization Silva won twice from Jackson via knockout: first in 2003 on Pride Final Conflict 2003 and almost a year later on Pride 28 again.
Jackson retaliated somewhat on UFC 92 in December 2008. Then he knocked the Brazilian knockout in the first round.
Home advantage Silva tells Gazeta do Povo that he accepts Jackson’s challenge, on a condition:”I’m going to talk to Scott Coker, president of the Bellator, but I want this rematch with Rampage in Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. That is my condition: to have it in my home town.
That would be worth it. Money alone is not worth it, there must be more and that would fight for my friends in Curitiba “, says Silva.
Arena da Baixada was the location where UFC 198 took place on 14 May 2016. Then 45,000 spectators saw how Cris Cyborg made his debut in the UFC and Stipe Miocic started his reign as UFC heavyweight champion by knock-out Fabricio Werdum.
According to MMA Fighting, Silva says that he has spoken to officials of Atletico Paranaense, the football club that usually plays in the stadium, and they are open to organise a Bellator event in the stadium. The Axe Murderer claims that next month will be discussed with the organization of Bellator.
Weight should not be an issue. Silva is open to a heavyweight party, as he did several times in PRIDE:”I’m also quite big with 229 pounds. I train a bit stronger. He is thick. I want to pound him together. I hate him so much “.