UFC 123 Results: What Must Rampage Jackson Do To Regain His Title?

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent INovember 23, 2010

Courtesy of Zuffa
Courtesy of Zuffa

This past Saturday night, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson earned himself a split decision victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.

The fight itself wasn't Rampage's most dominant performance, but he was able to edge out a decision over the highly unorthodox Lyoto Machida.  

After the fight, Rampage told Machida that he thought he won and proposed the idea of a rematch between the two fighters.

I feel Rampage edged out a tough win, and I believe Rampage should only be a fight or two away from another shot at the title.

I believe that in 2011, the UFC should make the winner of Ryan Bader/Jon Jones face Rampage for No.1 contention for the UFC light heavyweight title.

Some fans may believe that this is unfair with how many other contenders there are in the division; however, the UFC loves making the most marketable fights they can, and realistically, Rampage would've defeated two top-tier light heavyweights and would more than deserve a shot.

While Rampage has made improvements, I still believe he's got to keep focusing on mixing his game up with kicks, takedowns and powerful shots to the body so that it leaves his opponents to keep their guard lower.

Whether Rampage meets Mauricio "Shogun" Rua or Rashad Evans, Rampage needs to make sure he keeps his focus on fighting and away from the movies, and maybe, just maybe, he could regain his UFC light heavyweight title.