Thursday, October 2, 2008

Quinton Jackson to face Bitter Rival Again

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Every now and then, some fighters are matched up and a sure pick seems easy. But then you start to analyze both fighters and what they have accomplished and at once, as easy pick is now clouded by your own judgment; and this is before the promotion and hype talk has even begun.

So is the case with a trilogy of two of the most dominant MMA fighters in recent memory. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will face Wanderlei Silva for a third time at UFC 92 on December 27, in Las Vegas, in the cage.

This would normally be an easy pick but so is every other upset in combat sports today. Silva already owns two devastating knockout wins over Jackson. Once as part of a tournament in 2003 and the other as a one-on-one match which was an even harder KO loss for Jackson. That knockout can be seen here.

Since that crushing KO loss, it took Jackson 2 years to fully get back on the confident winning track and against strong opposition. Silva, on the other hand, lost two devastating, back-to-back KO losses to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Dan Henderson, the latter whom was beaten by Jackson. Prior to a scintillating, first-round KO win against striker Keith Jardine, Silva lost a tough contest to Chuck "The Iceman" Lidell, a fighter Jackson has stopped twice.

So, who's it going to be? Muhammad Ali KO'd a prime George Foreman, the fiercely punching heavyweight who KO'd Ali conquerors "Smokin" Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Maybe Jackson has learned to defend against the Thai clinch, which was his Waterloo against Silva. Or maybe Silva will always have his number, especially in the mental department after handing him two KO losses.

Place your bets with FUNNY MONEY ONLY because this is a tough one to call.

And remember Quinton:

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  1. I'm slipping. I didn't hear about this fight. Should be good although I still think Rampage got robbed in his fight against Forrest.

    That KO picture...HILARIOUS. Hope Rampage has learned.

  2. Kriss,

    While I agree that Rampage-Forrest was a good, close fight, I felt Forret pulled it out by his higher work ethic. I would love to see a rematch but they each have tough opponents they need to get through first. We shall see.

  3. I'll give Forrest credit, his leg kicks did damage that fight and he definitely seems to get stronger the longer the fight goes and the more damage he takes.


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