UFC light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will return to the octagon in December and has verbally agreed to fight former 205-pound UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 92 on December 27th in Las Vegas.
Rua informed Tatame of the matchup on Sunday.
â€œIâ€™m back to training. Iâ€™m doing some Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu stuff, and thanks God everything is fine nowâ€, said Rua. â€œIâ€™ll be back in Decemberâ€¦ They said that I might fight with Quinton Jackson, but nothing has been signed yet. They called me ad offered a fight with him and I accepted, but they didnâ€™t say anything else more.â€
With the matchup not yet official Rua is hopeful that Jackson will be recovered and prepared to fight in December.
“[Jackson’s legal and health issues] surely can be a problem, but I want him back in December and against me,” said Rua, “and I believe he can be back.”
In their first meeting Rua dispatched Jackson via first-round knockout at PRIDE Total Elimination 2005.
Rua has not fought since being defeated by Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut at UFC 76 in September 2007.
Jackson, who had won his last six-straight fights, was defeated by Griffin via unanimous decision in a light heavyweight championship bout at UFC 86 in July.