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DCRage
5/24/09 7:00:51PM
In a fight that will be announced soon, Dana White has confirmed that, as expected, Quinton Jackson will be the first challenger to new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida. Rampage actually was to have gotten the fight last night but injuries after UFC 96 forced him to sit it out.

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mrsmiley
5/24/09 7:06:18PM



But this will also mean the title will get tied up because it's probably likely their gonna be the coaches on TUF.
Hendo67
5/24/09 7:14:47PM
Machida by Tko
XblacksheepX
5/24/09 7:22:47PM
can't wait. will be interesting to see, if someone is gonna be able to find a way to beat machida. i prediced nobody will for the next two years. kind of the same like it is with anderson silva at middleweight.

but please give it a break with TUF. it's getting more and more annoying anyway. to stall complete divisions for that stupid show is even more. the next tuf season should be with recently retired fighters as coaches. that would make sense at least...
mrsmiley
5/24/09 7:22:53PM
Yeah I gotta go with Machida.
Though I do believe a mentaly focused Rampage has the potential to be his hardest opponent yet.

Machida will probably pepper his legs,but 5x's worse than Forrest did.
I say Rampage's best shot is to get in that one good combination as Machida is coming in,but with Lyoto that's easier said than done.
TNPanther78
5/24/09 7:23:20PM

Posted by Hendo67

Machida by Tko




I hate to admit it but I agree.
Wolfenstein
5/24/09 8:27:34PM
I think the exact wording leads me to believe they will not be TUF coaches, as they say "in a bout to be scheduled soon"...perhaps it's just some adlib, but sounds like that's the impression Dana gave. Good news then, because noone wants the LHW title held up again.


sclasclemski
5/24/09 8:57:11PM
i hope they don't hold the title up but I heard an interview with Rampage on the Sirius Fight Club last week and said while nothing is official he has been approached about the coaching spot and has gone so far as to ask some guys to be prepared if it happens to asst. coach...it seems to be the most likely setup for the next season...who else would be a good coaching team...maybe Shogun vs someone top level to make a number one contender
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
5/24/09 9:01:49PM
def... going for Machida
loller90278
5/24/09 9:28:05PM
in the beginning, machida was way underrated. Now, i believe machida is overrated. I'm thinking rampage slams him down and GnPs him out.
Hendo67
5/24/09 10:17:33PM
Haha, how is he overrated? He's 15-0, hasn't lost a round, beat former champions...

Hardly Overrated in my mind.

If by overrated you mean that more people are jumping on his bandwagon, then yes.
Wolfenstein
5/24/09 10:19:42PM

Posted by loller90278

in the beginning, machida was way underrated. Now, i believe machida is overrated. I'm thinking rampage slams him down and GnPs him out.



MMAcca
5/24/09 11:04:16PM
Ever since Machida beat Heath, i've said that given a shot Lyoto would become LHW champion. Since then, i've always beleived that the only LHW with any chance of taking the belt from Machida is 'Rampage. Now i'm not so sure anymore....

I still think 'Rampage' can beat Machida, i just don't think he will at the first time of asking.
Pookie
5/24/09 11:21:53PM
Im interested in seeing the odds when this fight come out, as Rampage is probably going to have some killer odds.

Rampages best weapon is his ability to burst into his striking range with accurate power-punches that are laced with black magic and dynamite.

TO be able to beat machida your going to have to be able to strike from a longe range, with either kicks(like shogun) or lunging punches.

Rampages boxing defense is the best in the division hands down, and definitely has the tools to stand and bang with machida.

Machida has more tools to strike with, the speed and the footwork.

Rashad had little chance against machida stylistically and most people saw that before last night.
Dont let the evans fight lull you into a false sense of security against Rampage. He is without a shadow of a doubt, the better fighter in every area in comparison to rashad. Jackson has the right type of tools to attack machida successfully, and more tools defensively than rashad had to deal with the diversity and range of Machida's strikes.

If rampage is any better than +200 then jump on those odds.

Machida has a handful of tools and natural attributes that can enable him to beat a fighter like rampage too, so dont get me wrong.

But to anyone who says rampage is tailor made for Machida to beat i disagree, Rashad was tailor made for Machida to beat.
prozacnation1978
5/25/09 12:28:40AM
my prediction is they will face off in oct in los angeles or even early sept in england
TimW001
5/25/09 1:43:25AM

Posted by loller90278

in the beginning, machida was way underrated. Now, i believe machida is overrated. I'm thinking rampage slams him down and GnPs him out.



I don't see this at all. People are assessing him at quite a reasonable level.
mentalcase
5/25/09 2:20:46AM

Posted by loller90278

in the beginning, machida was way underrated. Now, i believe machida is overrated. I'm thinking rampage slams him down and GnPs him out.





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WheelchairBandit
5/25/09 3:10:57AM
Rampage is the perfect matchup for Machida-a guy that is agressive and can't defend kicks worth a sh*t.For cryin out loud,Rampage almost got stopped by Forrest's low kicks-imagine what is going to happen when Machida starts laying into him.

Machida will just lay back,Rampage will get anxious and start forcing his combos,and Machida will just pick him apart with kicks to the legs and body.If Rampage makes it to the third round,I'd be shocked.

This is the fight I've wanted to see for quite awhile.I'll really be looking forward to it.I think Rampage and Machida were made for each other,as far as an entertaining fight goes.While I think that Rampage has all the right tools to beat Machida,I just think he will play right into Machida's trap.......and get caught.

WB.
EvenFlow
5/25/09 5:37:55AM
While Lyoto wont knock Rampage out cold like Rashad, a TKO will probably happen late in the fight, or a decision. I was shocked to see how many people thought Rashad would beat Rampage. Imo they'll make that fight happen but when it comes to chins and boxing techniques its in Rampages favor, I would even give Rampage wrestling advantage or at least close. Rampage has the best tested chin at 205, Lyoto imo has a good chin too, just fights smart, plus Inoki didnt give him love taps him and Lyoto has been hit hard with a wicked shot by BJ.
EvenFlow
5/25/09 5:45:40AM

Posted by loller90278

in the beginning, machida was way underrated. Now, i believe machida is overrated. I'm thinking rampage slams him down and GnPs him out.



Sounds like you're saying this because of the massive amount of bandwagon jumpers that jump almost every main event and in that sense I agree people are starting to get ridiculous with the love these days. Anything can happen Lyoto is not unbeatable and I have to agree Rampage is a way tougher test than Rashad. I saw you write in another thread that you think Shogun would beat Lyoto too, while I agree its his best fight at 205, its starting to sound more like you're underrating Lyoto than him actually being overrated by the jumpers.
ShadowxBox
5/25/09 6:02:25AM
Rampage won't be able to handle Macheetah's riddum.

Rampage will stand there, Macheetah will "panch" him, Rampage will stay back and Macheetah will keep it going, keep it going and "finish this fight." and he will keep "belt, long time" and live happily ever after.

TANK YOU JOE ROGAHN!
Bloodhound
5/25/09 8:06:06AM
can't wait...should be a good fight but dont underestimate Rampage hes not gonna get knocked out cold like rashad...Rampage has good striking defense, a great chin and ko power in both hands so anything can happen
sparky
5/25/09 9:14:15AM
Machida is going to destroy Rampage. Machida is by far the most talented fighter in that division only way I see Rampage pulling off the win in this one is with a huge counter punch!!!!!!
mrsmiley
5/25/09 3:53:09PM

Posted by WheelchairBandit

Rampage is the perfect matchup for Machida-a guy that is agressive and can't defend kicks worth a sh*t.For cryin out loud,Rampage almost got stopped by Forrest's low kicks-imagine what is going to happen when Machida starts laying into him.

Machida will just lay back,Rampage will get anxious and start forcing his combos,and Machida will just pick him apart with kicks to the legs and body.If Rampage makes it to the third round,I'd be shocked.

This is the fight I've wanted to see for quite awhile.I'll really be looking forward to it.I think Rampage and Machida were made for each other,as far as an entertaining fight goes.While I think that Rampage has all the right tools to beat Machida,I just think he will play right into Machida's trap.......and get caught.

WB.



That's my biggest problem with Rampage in this fight.
I actually think he matches up well with Machida if it wasn't for his weakness against the kicks.
Machida is great at coming in and throwing them,then escaping getting caught with a shot or combination.

I don't think Machida will KO Rampage, but if he uses his kicks right,I think we might see a repeat of what Shogun pulled off against him.Albeit I hope Rampage doesn't get injured like he did in the Shogun fight.
NatedawgThaM
5/25/09 10:00:13PM
I think Rampage will catch and KO Machida. I do think machida will be winning the fight until it happens, but Rampage like Pookie said fantastically is a very tough test for machida, way harder then Rashad because Rashad tried to out-Machida Machida with elusiveness and countering but Machida schooled him. Rampage has some of the best boxing in all of MMA so he could definitely land a bomb to drop him and Rampage would probably be the man to take him down. I don't think double legs will do it, but Rampage has great clinch slams and he might be as strong as machida in the clinch maybe so I could see him slamming him though unlikely.

I just think Machida goes for body kick and Rampage downs him with a huge right hook.
Chazz
5/25/09 10:53:54PM

Posted by Pookie

Im interested in seeing the odds when this fight come out, as Rampage is probably going to have some killer odds.

Rampages best weapon is his ability to burst into his striking range with accurate power-punches that are laced with black magic and dynamite.

TO be able to beat machida your going to have to be able to strike from a longe range, with either kicks(like shogun) or lunging punches.

Rampages boxing defense is the best in the division hands down, and definitely has the tools to stand and bang with machida.

Machida has more tools to strike with, the speed and the footwork.

Rashad had little chance against machida stylistically and most people saw that before last night.
Dont let the evans fight lull you into a false sense of security against Rampage. He is without a shadow of a doubt, the better fighter in every area in comparison to rashad. Jackson has the right type of tools to attack machida successfully, and more tools defensively than rashad had to deal with the diversity and range of Machida's strikes.

If rampage is any better than +200 then jump on those odds.

Machida has a handful of tools and natural attributes that can enable him to beat a fighter like rampage too, so dont get me wrong.

But to anyone who says rampage is tailor made for Machida to beat i disagree, Rashad was tailor made for Machida to beat.

I have to agree. I ca'nt believe so many people on here think machida will tko rampage???? with his chin, defense, and lets face it the HAAAAAAAAAARDEST punches in the lhw division Rampage will beat Machida.
slapshot
5/26/09 2:36:06AM

Posted by Pookie

Im interested in seeing the odds when this fight come out, as Rampage is probably going to have some killer odds.

Rampages best weapon is his ability to burst into his striking range with accurate power-punches that are laced with black magic and dynamite.

TO be able to beat machida your going to have to be able to strike from a longe range, with either kicks(like shogun) or lunging punches.

Rampages boxing defense is the best in the division hands down, and definitely has the tools to stand and bang with machida.

Machida has more tools to strike with, the speed and the footwork.

Rashad had little chance against machida stylistically and most people saw that before last night.
Dont let the evans fight lull you into a false sense of security against Rampage. He is without a shadow of a doubt, the better fighter in every area in comparison to rashad. Jackson has the right type of tools to attack machida successfully, and more tools defensively than rashad had to deal with the diversity and range of Machida's strikes.

If rampage is any better than +200 then jump on those odds.

Machida has a handful of tools and natural attributes that can enable him to beat a fighter like rampage too, so dont get me wrong.

But to anyone who says rampage is tailor made for Machida to beat i disagree, Rashad was tailor made for Machida to beat.


I like your post. The only thing I dont agree with, I really dont agree with and thats that Jackson has the best striking defense because absolutely hands down the best striking defense in the UFC belongs to Machida.
emfleek
5/26/09 8:46:59AM
This should be a war. I'm looking forward to it.

It's going to be a tough one to pick for me...
telnights
5/26/09 3:31:38PM
Speed, Speed, and Speed.....That's what will be the factor in this fight. I agree with others that Rampage is better than Rashad but I think Machida's speed and power will be to much for Rampage. Rampage isn't the fastest LHW and lacks the speed and ability to avoid Machida's kicks. If Rampage struggled with Jardine's striking imagine what Machida's will do.
Pookie
5/26/09 3:42:45PM

Posted by slapshot


Posted by Pookie

Im interested in seeing the odds when this fight come out, as Rampage is probably going to have some killer odds.

Rampages best weapon is his ability to burst into his striking range with accurate power-punches that are laced with black magic and dynamite.

TO be able to beat machida your going to have to be able to strike from a longe range, with either kicks(like shogun) or lunging punches.

Rampages boxing defense is the best in the division hands down, and definitely has the tools to stand and bang with machida.

Machida has more tools to strike with, the speed and the footwork.

Rashad had little chance against machida stylistically and most people saw that before last night.
Dont let the evans fight lull you into a false sense of security against Rampage. He is without a shadow of a doubt, the better fighter in every area in comparison to rashad. Jackson has the right type of tools to attack machida successfully, and more tools defensively than rashad had to deal with the diversity and range of Machida's strikes.

If rampage is any better than +200 then jump on those odds.

Machida has a handful of tools and natural attributes that can enable him to beat a fighter like rampage too, so dont get me wrong.

But to anyone who says rampage is tailor made for Machida to beat i disagree, Rashad was tailor made for Machida to beat.


I like your post. The only thing I dont agree with, I really dont agree with and thats that Jackson has the best striking defense because absolutely hands down the best striking defense in the UFC belongs to Machida.



Boxing Defense is what i said. As far as blocking punches coming at him, he can stay in the pocket untouched for the most part. Then add in his proven solid chin, just in case someone does hit him.
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