UFC 130 Results: Five Fights That Make the Most Sense for Rampage Jackson

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IMay 29, 2011

UFC 130 Results: Five Fights That Make the Most Sense for Rampage Jackson

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    With UFC 130 results in the books, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is coming off of a huge win over Matt Hamill and is now looking for his next opponent.

    It was a lackluster win over Hamill and now he moves on with a possible title shot in his near future.

    There are too many names to name here, so we will narrow it down to five fighters who make sense for Rampage.

    Who makes the most sense for the former Pride and UFC champion?

Forrest Griffin

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    Another fight that depends on the outcome of another fight. If Forrest Griffin gets past Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 134, I don't see why this fight shouldn't happen.

    It would be a great chance for Rampage to avenge a loss, and get himself a definite title shot. It would be a big win over a big name in the light heavyweight division and it would be his third straight victory going in to a title shot with Jon Jones.

    Plus, this fight could sell with two great personalities who know how to market a fight. A win-win for the UFC.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

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    Much like Forrest Griffin, a fight with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua depends on him winning the UFC 134 bout.

    Shogun is a great striker, and would most likely keep the fight standing with Rampage.

    This fight would provide fireworks and would be a great striking war for the UFC. If Shogun came into this fight completely healthy and not coming off of a surgery or an injury, I don't see this being a bad fight.

    Especially since it could have title contention implications, even though I don't think Shogun vs. Jones II ends any different then Shogun vs. Jones I.

Phil Davis

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    Here would be an interesting fight. If Phil Davis beats Rashad Evans at UFC 133, It would be a HUGE win for Davis. Emphasis on huge.

    Is that enough to earn Davis a title shot though? Its possible. But the icing on the cake would be a win over Rampage and would give Davis a second big name victory.

    Davis has excellent wrestling and could be the kryptonite to Rampage's Superman. If Davis can get Rampage to the ground I can't see the fight ending any other way then Davis by unanimous decision.

    Plus if Rampage won, it would be a pretty good victory on his part and a great warmup for the wrestling of Jones.

Lyoto Machida

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    Instead of having to decide on which fighter to give a title shot, why not just let them duke it out to see who deserves it?

    Lyoto Machida has already faced Rampage and lost by controversial split decision at UFC 123. This fight could be a number one contender bout to see who faces Jones but it would have to happen soon, or after Rashad Evans faces Jon Jones. It also could happen if Evans loses to Davis at UFC 133.

    After the controversial decision at UFC 123, can Rampage end the fight early and put a hand on Machida? Or can Machida use his elusiveness and get a knockout or edge out Rampage for a decision?

    A rematch would be pretty good in my opinion.

Jon Jones

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    Here he is the man you all knew was coming, Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion.

    I don't think this fight ends very well for Rampage and I don't think it would particularly be a good decision to give Rampage the fight, but it has been talked about and is a very good possibility.

    Jones would probably use his wrestling and take Rampage down at will and then just ground-and-pound Rampage to a TKO victory or grind him out for unanimous decision.

    Jones is multi-dimensional and is a tough opponent, and Rampage's striking isn't enough to beat Jones. Especially when Rampage would have to get inside an 11 inch reach advantage that Jones holds on him.