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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is undoubtedly a fan favorite, and I'm sure the Japanese fans will love seeing him again, as he once fought in the Pride organization.
He's coming off a loss to Jon Jones at UFC 135, a fight in which he simply got outclassed by a new generation of fighter. He has great boxing and power, of course, but he doesn't incorporate many leg kicks or other strikes besides punches.
He has faced the greatest competition in the world, and has proven successful until recently. To be honest, he hasn't really looked to be at that "elite" level since he knocked out Chuck Liddell to become the champ. But even then, Chuck was nearing the end of his career; we just didn't know it at the time.
Jackson's an exciting fighter, but he's not really elite. That's okay, though, because neither is Bader.
Bader was, until recently, thought to be one of the contenders for the light heavyweight title. That is, until he ran into Jon Jones at UFC 126, and then a surprisingly resurgent Tito Ortiz at UFC 132. His most recent bout was a KO victory against Jason Brilz at UFC 139, in what was a nice comeback fight for Bader.
So, where do these two guys stand?
They both have losses to Jon Jones, and, let's be honest, they were both dominated in those fights. Then again, Jones is the champ, and probably one of the best fighters in the world.
Bader has only lost twice, both times by submission. Do you really think "Rampage" is going to try and submit Bader?
It seems this fight will end by either decision or knockout, and Bader's not the one who's going to be delivering the knockout.
Even though Bader has never been knocked out, he hasn't faced anyone with Jackson's knockout power. I want to say that Jackson will win by decision, but let's make it exciting.
Prediction: Jackson by Round 2 KO