UFC: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira-Rampage Jackson Fight Not a Done Deal

Erik FontanezCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28:  UFC fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (L) speaks to Joe Rogan (R) and the crowd about his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Earlier internet reports indicated that former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton Rampage Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are expecting to receive and sign contracts to fight each other.

After today's UFC 116 press conference, the media had an opportunity to ask UFC president Dana White if the rumor was true.  

The president was quick to shoot down the notion that it's a done deal.

"It's not true," said White.  "We don't have anything set up yet.  With that division right now, Lil' Nog could fight Rampage, Rampage could fight Machida."

The fact of the matter is that there is still some shuffling around that the UFC has to do before they officially make the call on who is meeting who in the Octagon.

"There's a lot of fights we could make and we haven't made any decisions on that fight," White stated.

Rampage has gone on record   and said that Machida is "too boring."  Perhaps a matchup with Lil Nog is the right recipe for a great main event at some point down the road, but to absolutely dismiss a Rampage-Machida bout would be an utter robbery of great fight potential.

Despite his loss to Shogun at UFC 113, Machida still has a unique fighting style for MMA and can cause problems for any top 205-pounder.

Whether or not Rampage thinks a fight with Machida is boring, the two may very well meet sometime in the near future.

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