SLAM! duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh ...
Former PRIDE Fighting Championship superstar Quinton Jackson, who was able to transition to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in 2007 and win light heavyweight gold, returns to the "Land of the Rising Sun" for a 205-pound showdown against former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 Champion Ryan Bader.
"Rampage" will throw hands with "Darth" on the main card of the UFC 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson" pay-per-view (PPV), which goes down on Feb. 25, 2012, from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
What's the gameplan for Jackson?
Well, aside from putting on a "great fight," he plans on taking out his anger, which came from losing a title shot to Jon Jones at UFC 135 last September, on his unsuspecting foe, even promising to "powerbomb him" if the opportunity presents itself.
Or if Bader is dumb enough to let him.
From his UFC 144 blog (via Yahoo! Sports):
"I get to fight in Japan for the first time in six years. It's no secret I love Japan. Japan is where I became a MMA fighter, it is where I made a name for myself and learned how to kick ass. The fans there are so respectful, I can't wait to perform for them again. I really, really want a sick knockout for them, and maybe even I'll do my powerbomb if Bader is dumb enough to give me the chance. Some haters have said now that I didn't get my belt back after three years of waiting for my shot, I'm not going to be motivated in my fighting career. That is what my English friends call 'bollocks.' I am very motivated to kick Bader's ass. I was a little pissed off and disappointed that I didn't get my belt back and I was upset with my performance [at UFC 135]. I'm going to take that out on Ryan Bader and - in front of the Japanese fight fans - put on a great fight."
Jackson made the highlight reel hall-of-fame by driving Ricardo Arona through the canvas at PRIDE: "Critical Countdown" in June of 2004. He also slammed his way to victory over Masaaki Satake at PRIDE: "Armed and Ready" way back in April of 2002.
Is Bader next?
Hard to imagine the former collegiate wrestling stud being on his back looking for a submission, but stranger things have happened. Expect this thing to play out on its feet or turn into wrestlemania if Bader can't go blow-for-blow.
Early predictions on this 205-pound slugfest?