Maurcio “Shogun” Rua Says Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Was Offered Title Shot, Turned It Down

February 7, 2011
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Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson at Pride Grand Prix 2005

Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson at Pride Grand Prix 2005

The great moment that happened on Saturday night when Joe Rogan asked Jon Jones if he wanted to step in to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 almost didn’t happen.

According to Rua in an interview with Tatame.TV, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was offered the shot at the belt, but turned it down and the UFC instead turned to Jon Jones.

“The UFC thought in other alternatives, but it didn’t work out. For some reason he (Jackson) didn’t accept it,” Rua said in the interview.

Jackson is currently slated to face Thiago Silva at UFC 130 on May 28, but apparently opted not to move his schedule up six weeks to face Rua for the belt.

Shogun and Jackson have faced off before. The pair met while in Pride Fighting Championships, and it ended with Shogun soccer kicking his way to victory.

Jackson has yet to make a statement about the validity of Rua’s claims or if the timing was just off for him to accept a bout against the Brazilian at this time.

Regardless of Jackson’s decision, Jon Jones will now get the chance to face Rua with the UFC light heavyweight title on the line at UFC 128 in March.

  • jonBONERjones

    bumpage is scuured!

    • XIRandomHeroIX

      as much as I love Rampage, I have to agree. I dont think he has another title run in him. He is a one dimenional fighter in a division full of greatness.

  • MrAdidas

    Rampage is a JOKE!!! Turned down 2 title fights – like WTF?!? 1ST Rampage could have fought Evans for the LHW title….. in his hometown, but turned it down bc of the A-Team movie?!? WOW! Now, Rampage was offered a “free” title shot & turned it down? Whats going on with this ass clown?!? Not only could Rampage have won the LHW Belt (he claims he wants back sooo desperately) but a rematch Vs a guy/Rua who already beat him, how could he not want a chance to redeem himself?!? Unless hes …….. A LIL BITCH!!
    The UFC should rid themselves of Rampage, b/c this guy’s a “Hollywood” BITCH!!! Rampage is sooo mentally weak & knows Rua would spank him AGAIN!!!

    • http://www.sherdog.net/forums/members/messiah_uk/ Messiah_UK

      I think you’re letting your obvious dislike of Rampage cloud your judgement. Firstly, the A-Team movie paid more than he’d make in 3 or 4 years in the UFC. Secondly, he’s already scheduled to fight Thiago Silva in May, to rush a training camp to face Shogun instead would be detrimental to his performance. However, if Shogun is to be dethroned, now would be the time for it to happen! He’s been out injured since May 2010, had surgery (again) so he’s not going to be at 100%. Shogun is ripe for the picking!