Shogun Rua Says Rematch with Rampage Jackson 'Will Happen Eventually'

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2012

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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was the last man to defeat Quinton "Rampage" Jackson prior to Jackson heading to the UFC.

And, it appears that they may meet each other once again.

Rua spoke about the idea of facing Jackson to, who faced the former UFC light heavyweight champion in PRIDE nearly a decade ago.

"The fight against Rampage will happen eventually," Rua said of a possible rematch. "He won’t retire before fighting me and neither am I."

Jackson had called out the Brazilian and requested a rematch at UFC 144 in Japan. However, Jackson was unaware that Rua had already fought Dan Henderson and the turnaround would be too soon. He was offered Ryan Bader instead.

Jackson would go to lose to Bader in the co-main event. Jackson dropped back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.

Rua said he hoped to fight at UFC 144, as he credited Japan as the place where he began his career.

"It was in Japan where I appeared to the world. I missed it there," he said. "I like the Japanese people, I really like Japan."