Two former UFC light heavyweight champions, Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida, have reportedly found a location to host their main event match-up to determine which fighter gets back into the 205-pound title hunt.
The Detroit Free Press brings word that The Palace of Auburn Hills will present the UFC 123: "Rampage vs Machida" pay-per-view (PPV) on November 20 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
And the Detroit suburb couldn't be happier, according to Dr. James Weber, chair of the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission:
"My understanding is that it is a done deal. Detroit deserves this. It is a boxing and MMA town. It would be a great boost to the economy and represents the character, fight and will of the people in this area. It is a dream of mine come true."
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.
Also rumored for the UFC 123 event is a welterweight scrap between "The Immortal" Matt Brown and Canada's Rory MacDonald.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this still-developing fight card.