After a close UFC 123 headliner between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida narrowly went Jackson’s way, the former light heavyweight champs promptly agreed to another meeting before leaving the Octagon.
However, UFC President Dana White said after Saturday’s event that “Rampage” earned a clear win to move closer to a title shot and that an immediate rematch is unnecessary.
“No. As far as I’m concerned, and apparently, as far as the judges are concerned, Rampage won that fight,” White said, shooting down the proposed rematch at the post-UFC 123 press conference.
Though the next steps for Jackson and Machida are unclear, February’s Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader and Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin could offer opponents for both, with ‘Rampage’ potentially facing either winner for a shot at the belt against the winner of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Rashad Evans.
Here’s some other notable post-UFC 123 news:
- UFC 123 drew 16,404 fans to The Palace of Aburn Hills in Detroit for a $2.1 million live gate
- ‘Rampage’ nearly pulled out of the UFC 123 main event against Machida after catching an illness from his son that left him with a fever and vomiting in the days leading up to the fight, but said at the post-fight press conference he couldn’t tell White he was pulling out as he feared being ‘cussed the f*** out’
- White said the UFC is working on a pair of TV deals that will put the promotion in over a billion homes worldwide and that the UFC is planning around 30 events for 2011, on par with the 32 events they did in 2010 between the UFC and WEC