The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday officially announced UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin.
Having completed a 13-week stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter season seven, light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and challenger Forrest Griffin will now prepare to fight each on July 5 in Las Vegas. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.
“Forrest Griffin has come full circle; he started in the UFC as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter and now he is a coach of the show. Rampage Jackson took the UFC by storm by defeating Chuck Liddell to become the UFC light heavyweight champion and then defeating Pride champion Dan Henderson to unify the belts,” said Dana White, UFC president.
Jackson isn’t ready to relinquish his championship anytime soon. “It’s my job to stay the champion. I’ve come too far to back down now, so I’m going to have to drag Forrest through the woods.”
Having defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – the No. 1 ranked light heavyweight in the world at the time – Griffin feels that he is prepared for a shot at the title. “I think I’m ready for this fight. I’ve been watching Rocky a lot. He’s really good at taking a beating. And Rampage always shows up ready for a fight. In his last fight he went 25 minutes with one of the toughest guys in the business, so I know he will be ready, too.”
UFC 86 Bout (officially announced):
-Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
UFC 86 Bouts (unannounced):
-Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
-Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
-Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
-Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill
-Tyson Griffin vs. TBA
-Cole Miller vs. TBA
-Steve Bruno vs. TBA
-Ben Saunders vs. TBA