The UFC has announced that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will face Keith Jardine in the main event of UFC 96, which is scheduled to take place on March 7 from Columbus, Ohio. The winner of the bout will likely be moved into a title match while UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans‘ first challenger is still open to speculation.

After losing the light heavyweight title to Forrest Griffin in a closely contested match up, Jackson made headlines on July 15 when he led police on a wild chase through the streets of California that ended in arrest. He recently pleaded guilty to multiple charges as part of a plea deal to avoid jail time.

Jackson recently bounced back from his loss to Griffin and his legal woes with a crushing first round knockout victory over Wanderlei Silva, at UFC 92. Jackson has lost two previous times vs. Silva and the win not only avenged the prior defeats, but thrust Jackson right back into title picture. A win over Jardine would likely guarantee a title shot.

Jardine has been on the cusp of a championship match twice with big wins over Griffin and Chuck Liddell but his title dreams were cut short when he dropped matches to Houston Alexander and then Wanderlei Silva following those bouts. Coming off of a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 89, a win over Jackson would give Jardine the kind of momentum needed to earn his first-ever shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Mike Swick, 'The Ultimate Fighter 1' cast member, retires from MMA

  • 17 days ago
  • 38 views

One of the last remaining cast members of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 1,' Mike Swick, announced his official retirement from mixed martial arts on Thursday. Swick (15-6) exits the sport at 36 years of age, read news >>

ONE Championship Heats Up, Announces Blistering 2015 Schedule

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

ONE Championship announced the dates for six upcoming events, which will take place in six different cities this year. read news >>

Anthony Johnson doesn't want to dwell on title loss, but 'I think about it every day'

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 views

With a newly announced slot on September's UFC 191 event, there's no doubt that Anthony Johnson will be asked about his most recent trip to the octagon. "Rumble" admits he thinks about it every day, read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee Gate and Attendance Figures from San Diego

  • 17 days ago
  • 7 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the UFC Fight Night 71 attendance and live gate figures during the event's post-fight press conference on Wednesday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71 Fighter Bonuses: Mir and Ferguson Lead the Charge on Bonuses

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the UFC Fight Night 71 fighter bonuses during the event's post-fight press conference in San Diego on Wednesday. read news >>

Melvin Guillard to make Bellator debut against Brandon Girtz August 28

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator has announced the debut fight for UFC veteran Melvin Guillard. All the details are right here. Bellator has officially set the details for the debut of Melvin Guillard. The former UFC Lightw read news >>

Full Fight Card Announced for Saturday’s ONE: Kingdom of Warriors

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 views

Saturday's ONE: Kingdom of Warriors is set for the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon this Saturday after the finalized fight card was released on Wednesday. read news >>

Melvin Guillard headlines Bellator 141 against Brandon Girtz

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Melvin Guillard will headline a fight card in his Bellator debut. The promotion officially announced on Wednesday that "The Young Assassin" will take on Brandon Girtz in the main event of Bellator 14 read news >>

TUF 21 Finale draws reported 4,844 attendance for $291,000 live gate

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 views

LAS VEGAS – Sunday’s TUF 21 Finale event drew an announced attendance of 4,844 for a live gate of $291,000.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 189 draws announced attendance of 16,019 for record $7.2 million live gate

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s UFC 189 event drew an announced attendance of 16,019 for a live gate of $7.2 million.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>