The back-and-forth match rumors surrounding a Chuck Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson rematch have been confiremed and the match will be taking place at UFC 71 on May 26th according to Jackson’s trainer Juanito Ibarra through Grag Jackson of Sherdog.com.
The match was thrown into questionable status for a variety of reasons including Chuck Liddell having to postpone training due to pnemonia and Jackson’s want for another tune-up fight before the title shot.
Liddel (20-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC) is the current light heavyweight champion and holds more UFC experience compared to Rampage’s (26-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) one UFC fight, a win at UFC 67 against Marvin Eastman. In their first meeting at PRIDE in 2003 Jackson beat Liddell with a second round TKO making this fight even more intriguing.
An official announcement from the UFC is expected by tomorrow.
Here is the card that is rumored so far for UFC 71 in Las Vegas:
Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson
Keith Jardine vs. TBD
Karo Parisyan vs. Josh Burkman
Ivan Salaverry vs. Terry Martin
Chris Leben vs. Kalib Starnes
Eric Schafer vs. Sean Salmon