Rampage Jackson, Lyota Machida Fight Looks Set

Greg ParfittCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2010

Vitor Belfort gets the win over Rich Franklin
Vitor Belfort gets the win over Rich FranklinJon Kopaloff/Getty Images

According to some breaking news released today, a couple of big fights in the UFC look to be set soon.

Vitor Belfort tweeted today, "Now it's game time we have fight Nov 13 against [Yushin] Okami."

Belfort was set to face current Middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 112 but had to withdraw due to injury.

In the meantime, Silva defended his belt against both Demian Maia and Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen took Silva almost five rounds and dominated the champion before he was caught in a late submission. With his performance and the PPV numbers, the UFC top brass decided it was only fair that Sonnen get an instant rematch with Silva.

Silva vs. Sonnen II will likely happen in early 2011, as the champion is currently recovering from injury. 

With Belfort now healthy, it appears that he has lost his place at the top of the contender ladder.

Therefore a fight with Okami makes a lot of sense, as the Japanese star is himself very close to a title shot after a recent solid win over Mark Munoz. 

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Expect the winner of this fight to be confirmed as a future No. 1 contender for Middleweight champion.

Belfort vs. Okami could possibly headline the UFC 122 card in Germany. 

Other news released today came from the Detroit Free Press regarding a possible Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson fight for UFC 123.

"My understanding is that it is a done deal," said Dr. James Weber, chair of the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission. "Detroit deserves this. It is a boxing and MMA town. It would be a great boost to the economy and represents the character, fight, and will of the people in this area. It is a dream of mine come true."

This would be a huge fight for the UFC, the fans in Detroit, and the standings in the Light-Heavyweight division. 

Both fighters are coming off big losses, and it would allow one of them to remain in title contention. 

Let's hear your thoughts on both of these matchups.

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