Two former UFC light heavyweight champions, Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida, are close to inking a deal that would see them square off in November 2010 in a battle to determine which fighter gets back into the 205-pound title hunt.
MMA Weekly brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Jackson (30-8) returned to cage fighting after a self-imposed exile that allowed him to participate in the A-Team movie as boyhood idol "B.A. Baracus."
Unfortunately his return was not well received by former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 coach and bitter rival Rashad Evans. "Sugar" was sweet enough for three rounds to take home the unanimous decision win in their UFC 114 main event last May.
It was just the second loss for "Rampage" since his UFC debut way back in February 2007.
Machida (16-1) has been tied up with Mauricio Rua over the past year, splitting a pair of main event bouts with his fellow Brazilian but coming up empty in their second dance. The formerly undefeated "Dragon" was finished for the first time in his career after "Shogun" stopped him via first round knockout at UFC 113 back on May 8.
At this time, no specific date or venue has been confirmed for "Jackson vs. Machida," as the promotion continues to juggle its year end events as the summer slowly begins winding down.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this pending match-up as it becomes available.