Before Alexander Gustafsson’s light-heavyweight fight against Thiago Silva last Saturday at UFC on Fox 2, the UFC had pre-determined the winner of that bout would make a very interesting opponent for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
As originally reported on fightersonlymag.com, Jackson is coming off of dual knee surgery and if the fight takes place it looks as if it will be later this year. Rampage has gone on record lobbying for a rematch against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but with his recent injury the UFC is attempting to keep Shogun busy.
It was also reported that Rampage has turned down several opponents as of late, including Phil Davis. Davis and Jackson are both coming off of losses and the match-up seems to make sense but the source also reported Jackson is not interested in fighting anymore wrestlers.
Alexander Gustaffson is known for standing and trading with his opponents. If Rampage is looking toward a fight with a non wrestler Gustaffson definitely has the credentials he is searching for. Not to bring up the fact this would be an excellent builder for a future light- heavyweight title bout for Gustaffson if he can finish Rampage. Rampage is a big name and would give Gustaffson the boost he needs to have a shot at the champion and build respect around the MMA world.
Jackson has also been public with his desire to leave the UFC and the company has agreed to let him venture off after he finishes the final fight of his contract.
What do you think? Is Gustaffson vs Jackson a good match-up?