Rampage Signs Bout Agreement Josh Davis May 23, 2011 News The long rumored fight between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida is apparently going to happen sometime this fall and it is possible that it will be the main event for the unannounced event November 20, 2010. Rampage has reportedly signed a bout agreement to make this fight happen. Machida and his manager were unavailable for comments. Fans have been asking for this fight since Rampage suffered a decision loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 114 and Machida lost his light heavy weight title to Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 113. This fight seemed to make sense until it was reported that Rampage was set to fight Lil Nog. Lil Nog signed instead to fight Ryan Bader and that opened up Rampge’s schedule. Machida who has been lobbying to get an Interim title shot with Rashad Evans but neither the UFC or Rashad have seemed interested in that fight. Since both fighters are coming off losses but are still two of the top title contenders in the division it only makes sense to have them fight in a match up that might determine the divisions next number one contender. This is a very interesting fight as both fighters present significant challenges for the other. Machida’s speed and karate style is going to give Rampage a lot of trouble. Rampage is still a very dominant fighter but his fighting quickness has slowed down over the years and it is possible that he will struggle with Machida. Machida on the other hand will have to deal with the most powerful and heavy handed striker that he has faced. Machida has faced some great talent but he has not faced some one with the over all power that Rampage possesses not has he faced somebody with the punching power of Rampage. In this day of mixed martial arts this is a match up of speed versus power with the winner possibly getting a title shot.