It has been rumored for weeks in the “Rumors” section of MMAWeekly.com, but the rematch between Chuck Liddell and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been verified for May 26 at UFC 71 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jackson’s manager and trainer, Juanito Ibarra, confirmed the bout to Greg Savage of Sherdog.com.
The two first fought in the semi-final round of the Pride Grand Prix in 2003. Jackson ended up taking home the win when he took Liddell to the mat in the second round and ground and pounded him until Liddell’s corner threw in the towel causing the referee to stop the fight.
The rematch has been in the works ever since Zuffa LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s parent company, acquired Jackson’s contract in a buyout of select assets of the now-defunct World Fighting Alliance. Jackson made his UFC debut with a knockout of Marvin Eastman at UFC 67.
In the Octagon following his second win over Tito Ortiz, on December 30, 2006, Liddell told Joe Rogan, “I can’t wait to get that rematch,” when questioned about Jackson. It looks like the UFC light heavyweight champ will finally get his wish.