Sources close to Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1) have indicated that the explosive (and long-rumored) third showdown between "The Axe Murderer" and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (28-7) is indeed set, according to MMACanada.net.
The blockbuster light heavyweight match up will co-headline UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15.
Bout agreements have been distributed to both fighters and are just now awaiting signatures. Representatives from Silva's management team, however, indicate that the Brazilian camp will have its end of the agreement signed and completed by the end of the day.
"The Axe Murderer" and "Rampage" of course share quite a bit of history, fighting twice overseas in Japan under the Pride FC banner. Silva was victorious on both occasions and in rather convincing fashion -- the fights ended with brutal knockouts.
Since that time, Jackson has indicated that he was not necessarily competing on a level playing field. He and/or his handlers have hinted at everything from unchecked steroid use to crooked officiating. One thing is for certain -- Jackson is now a much improved fighter who is dedicated to training with partners who can elevate his game.
That was something that he was clearly missing in "The Land of the Rising Sun." And now he gets to prove that with the right approach -- and under strict supervision of a regulated sanctioning body -- he can exact revenge once and for all.
Silva's last appearance was an absolute mauling of "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine at UFC 84: "Ill Will" back in May. He definitely looked like the "Axe Murderer" of old with a quick and vicious knockout. For "Rampage," this will mark his first fight after his highly publicized run-ins with the law and his subsequent split with long-time trainer, Juanito Ibarra.
He will also look to bounce back from his controversial unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86: "Jackson vs. Griffin" in July, which cost him his 205-pound title.
This is definitely a huge fight that the hardcore fans have been dreaming about -- Silva and Jackson have an epic feud and a real distaste for one another. This should definitely be another instant classic.
To check out the latest UFC 91 fight card and rumors click here. This is already shaping up to be a downright monster pay-per-view (PPV) event.