Shogun to Defend Title Against Winner of Evans vs. Jackson
After knocking out Lyoto Machida in the first round at UFC 113 and being crowned the new light heavyweight champion, it looks as if Shogun Rua will soon know who his first title defense will be against.
The word from UFC President Dana White post-UFC 113 was that the winner of the upcoming "Suga" Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114 will go on to face Rua for the light heavyweight belt.
Both Evans and Jackson are previous light heavyweight title holders and have been in the championship picture for quite some time.
Rampage Jackson first won the light heavyweight title back on May 26, 2007 when he defeated Chuck Liddell at UFC 71. Jackson would go on to successfully defend the title against Pride light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson at UFC 76 in 2007 to unify the belts and become the undisputed champion.
It was at UFC 86 against Forrest Griffin that Jackson's title run came to an end. Griffin won that fight by unanimous decision to become the new light heavyweight champion.
Rashad Evans' title reign began at UFC 92 on December 27, 2008 when he defeated Griffin via TKO at 2:46 of the third round.
It was not long however until Evans lost the belt. In his first title defense, Evans was knocked out by Lyoto Machida at 3:57 of the second round at UFC 98 on May 23, 2009.
Evans and Jackson were originally set to square off at UFC 107 after being rival coaches on the previous season of The Ultimate Fighter. A season that featured current fighters Matt Mitrione and Roy "Big Country" Nelson, as well as the recently released Kimbo Slice. Jackson pulled out of the fight however to go shoot his role as B.A. Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie.
It is believed that depending upon any possible injuries suffered in the Evans/Jackson bout at UFC 114, that Shogun's first title defense will take place sometime in the fall of this year.
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