A rumored bout between former UFC light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is coming together, as each fighter has agreed to meet.
MMAjunkie.com reported the match up earlier this month, and Lyoto Machida confirmed the bout today via his official Twitter account.
Machida will enter this fight coming off a disappointing knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113 that lost the karate ace his light heavyweight title. The loss was also his first as a professional.
Like his upcoming opponent, Jackson is coming off a loss of his own. At UFC 114, Jackson met longtime nemesis and fellow former champion Rashad Evans in the main event, dropping a unanimous decision. The loss was Jackson’s first since losing the 205-pound title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86.
The bout between the two former champions is expected to serve as the main event for UFC 123 this November. No bouts have been announced by the promotion as of this date.