UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is likely to make his first title defense against former title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of UFC 96 on March 7th in Columbus, Ohio, according to MMAMania.com.
Both fighters were last in action at UFC 92 on December 27th with Evans claiming the 205-pound strap from Forrest Griffin via third-round TKO in the evening’s main event, while Jackson scored a first-round knocked out rival Wanderlei Silva.
The headlining bout for UFC 96 has been a hot topic of discussion in recent days as the fight card rapidly filled but no main event worthy bouts were added. Speculation pointed towards Anderson Silva making a middleweight title defense, top draw Chuck Liddell facing a fellow 205-pounder, or Evans and Jackson meeting for the light heavyweight title, with the promotion apparently settling for the premier light heavyweight championship clash.
Keep in mind that this fight is not yet official and both fighters must still agree to quick turnarounds for an early-March return. However, with the promotion desperate to book a solid headlining bout it appears likely that the UFC will again promote a premiere main event in the Buckeye State, following past headliners Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia (UFC 68), Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin (UFC 77), and Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson (UFC 82).