Quinton "Rampage" Jackson KO'ing Chuck Liddell
Main event action at the Pepsi Center features a light heavyweight matchup between the current champion, Jon "Bones" Jones and the former title holder and Pride middleweight champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
After weeks of trash talking by both Jones and Jackson, a "spygate" scandal that rivals that of the New England Patriots, and an unleashing of euphemisms via Twitter, both fighters will enter the Octagon this Saturday with more than a professional score to settle.
Clearly more athletic, Jones's talents inside the Octagon are unrivaled within the light heavyweight division. A dynamic striker with the ability to deliver punishment from all angles and with all weapons, "Bones" is a solid threat on his feet.
A much different style of threat, Jackson is a one-punch knockout machine. More of a pocket striker with excellent counters and very powerful hooks, "Rampage" has ended the nights of top-tier talent with a single punch, including that of the legendary Chuck Liddell.
Considering the magnitude of this fight, and the heated controversy following the two competitors inside the Octagon this Saturday, both fighters will want to send a message to not only the UFC and its fans, but to one another as well.
And that message is: "Do not mess with me."
A motivated Jackson poses a huge threat to that of the champion. In the past, "Rampage's" lack of focus, training and motivation has plagued him in big fights. However, this battle on Saturday will be different.
Jackson has been training since his victory over Matt Hamill in the spring. Re-defining his nutrition, supplementation and current training program, "Quinton Jackson speaking to MMAMania" target="_blank">Rampage" feels better than ever and possesses the skill-set to defeat the highly talented Jones.
Acquiring a legendary status without a single title defense, "Bones" may want to leave his ego outside of the Octagon and expose Jackson's weakness on the ground by taking "Rampage" to the mat and delivering a savage beating from the guard.
If Jones is caught up in a striking battle on their feet, a counter right hook by "Rampage" can mark the end of "Bones's" reign as champion.
A tough match up to predict a victor, I do believe that "Rampage" has gotten underneath Jones's skin which will ultimately be the champions downfall.
Wanting to literally beat Jackson, Jones will decide to stand and trade with "Rampage" in the center of the Octagon falling right into Jackson's game plan.
Suffering only three knockout defeats in 40 professional fights, Jones will not be the one who adds another KO loss to "Rampage's" record.
On the contrary, Jackson's counter right hook will land on the jaw of "Bones" ending the young champions meteoric rise to prominence with a single punch.
Winner: Quinton Jackson via Round 2 TKO