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Soccer kicks are still illegal, but Wanderlei Silva may throw one anyway to pay back Rampage Jackson

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Bellator MMA is bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a fourth fight between former UFC and PRIDE FC rivals Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson, in what is expected to be a heavyweight showdown this September in San Jose, California.

They last fought at UFC 92 back in late 2008, with “Rampage” scoring a first-round knockout.

A lot has changed between then and now. Jackson (37-13) turned 40 back in May while Silva (35-13-1, 1 NC) hit 42 earlier this month. Both are coming off decision losses to fellow UFC import Chael Sonnen, who now moves on to fight Fedor Emelianenko later this year.

“I’m upset with the guy,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “He really hit me with that punch last time, knocked me out, and gave me an extra punch on the ground, so that gives me room for maybe giving back the kindness.”

Could we see the return of the soccer kick?

“I do [miss them], but we’ll see when the time comes, anything can happen,” Silva said. “In this fight, I don’t know. We’ll see. Watch it because anything can happen.”

Soccer kicks are of course illegal in stateside competition and Silva used them to great results in Japan. But since this is expected to be his final MMA fight, perhaps he wants to go out with a bang?