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'Rampage' Jackson: Shogun Rua 'owes' me a rematch after 'haunting' loss

The former Light Heavyweight champion has been champing at the bit to get his hands on the Brazilian for years, but will his looming legal issues prevent it from ever happening?

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From initially being ousted, to resurgent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight contender, Quinton Jackson is on the rise ... for now.

The 37-year-old has won four-straight bouts, the first three of which came during his volatile, short-lived affair with Bellator MMA. In fact, his former employer -- UFC's main competition -- currently has a stranglehold on "Rampage's" future in the promotion, putting a potential rematch with former Pride FC nemesis, Shogun Rua, on hold.

"Rampage" posted an image of both he and the Brazilian Rua prior to weigh-ins for their April 2005 clash in Japan on his Instagram account with an accompanying message stating, "I think Shogun owes me a rematch, I should have pulled out of our 1st fight but my pride wouldn't let me. I will never fight injured again, this loss still haunts me."

The dynamic duo slugged it out for close to five minutes more than one decade ago, with Rua being named the victor after plastering "Rampage" with soccer kicks at the end of the opening round.

Some losses just sting more than others. However, the proud Tennessee native will be forced to languish on the sidelines for a little while longer until his contractual disagreement with Bellator MMA is tidied up.

Things were looking up for "Rampage," especially after he won an underwhelming, but dominant effort against Top 15-ranked Light Heavyweight bomber Fabio Maldonado. He previously defeated Joey Beltran, Christian M'Pumbu and former Strikeforce 205-pound champion Muhammed Lawal.

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Rua will look to keep his UFC career afloat as he tries to avoid a fifth loss in his last six fights when he tangles with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for a second time at UFC 190 next month.

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