Rampage & Wanderlei Silva Want Fifth Fight To End Rivalry

These two MMA legends could be fighting for a fifth and final time.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva’s mixed martial arts (MMA) rivalry isn’t going anywhere.

The two heavy hitters have been a staple in the sport for the past few decades. Initially, the pair squared off for the first time ever under the Pride banner. The Brazilian finished Jackson via first round TKO. One year later, Jackson sought redemption when he met Silva again in Pride. Unfortunately, the result was the same, with Jackson losing via second-round knockout.

Four years later, both Jackson and Silva would find their way into the UFC. They were booked for a third fight at UFC 92 in December of 2008. “Rampage” finally extracted his revenge. He brutally knocked out “The Axe Murderer” in the first round.

A decade later, both men are now inked to deals with Bellator MMA. They co-main evented this past weekend’s (Sat. September 29, 2018) Bellator 206 pay-per-view (PPV) card. In the fourth meeting of a series that was in favor of Silva 2-1, Jackson evened the odds.

Jackson picked up his first win since 2016 by finishing Silva in the second round via TKO. Despite the series sitting at a 2-2, with both men in their 40s, their desire for a fifth fight is mutual. Silva said in the post-fight press conference that real rivalries don’t exist in MMA anymore. He and Jackson’s is one of the last ones (via MMA Junkie):

“Real rivals don’t exist anymore,” Silva said. “This is one of the last ones. Four fights, never go to the points. Now we have to have the fifth fight.

“I accept already. I hope he accept too because he beat me two times, I beat him two times and now have to have fifth fight to decide. … Next time I’m going to cut your head.”

Jackson wasn’t expecting a fifth fight to even be a discussion. Now that it is, “Rampage” is game:

“Honestly I wasn’t thinking about a fifth fight because last time I beat Wanderlei he dropped weight classes,” Jackson said. “It’s a dream come true that he comes up to heavyweight because I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m too fat to fight Wanderlei now.’ But he came up to heavyweight, which means he’s a true soldier.

“He came up after the fight and said, ‘You know, we’re 2-2. Somebody’s got to be the victor.’ He said it, so it surprised the hell out of me. I’m down with a fifth fight, but I don’t know if (Bellator President) Scott (Coker) is down with a fifth fight. But I’m down for the fifth fight.”

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Quinton Jackson: I Want The Bellator Heavyweight Title

Quinton Jackson is determined to capture gold at least one more time. “Rampage” is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Wanderlei Silva this past Saturday night (Sept. 29). It was their fourth encounter. Jackson vs. Silva IV served as…

Quinton Jackson is determined to capture gold at least one more time. “Rampage” is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Wanderlei Silva this past Saturday night (Sept. 29). It was their fourth encounter. Jackson vs. Silva IV served as Bellator 206’s co-main event. It’s Jackson’s first win since June 2016. Quinton Jackson: I Want […]

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Vitor Belfort Expresses Interest in Fights With Wanderlei Silva, ‘Rampage’ Jackson, & Chael Sonnen

Retired mixed martial arts bruiser Vitor Belfort expresses interest in three fights. Belfort may have retired after being knocked out by Lyoto Machida earlier this year, but not all retirements last. “The Phenom” has been teasing a return t…

Retired mixed martial arts bruiser Vitor Belfort expresses interest in three fights. Belfort may have retired after being knocked out by Lyoto Machida earlier this year, but not all retirements last. “The Phenom” has been teasing a return to active MMA competition. Back in July, he asked fans which fight they’d like to see him […]

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Rampage Jackson Beats Wanderlei Silva by 2nd-Round TKO at Bellator 206

The Quinton “Rampage” Jackson-Wanderlei Silva rivalry was renewed at Bellator 206 in San Jose, California, on Saturday night, with Jackson coming out on top via second-round TKO…

The Quinton “Rampage” Jackson-Wanderlei Silva rivalry was renewed at Bellator 206 in San Jose, California, on Saturday night, with Jackson coming out on top via second-round TKO…

Highlights: Rampage Jackson Finishes Wanderlei Silva At Bellator 206

Last night (Sat. September 29, 2018) Quinton “Rampage” Jackson evened the odds against Wanderlei Silva. The pair co-main evented Bellator 206 in one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) cards the promotion has ever put on. Jackson and Silva…

Last night (Sat. September 29, 2018) Quinton “Rampage” Jackson evened the odds against Wanderlei Silva. The pair co-main evented Bellator 206 in one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) cards the promotion has ever put on. Jackson and Silva had fought each other three times before. Silva led the series with two knockout wins, and […]

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10 Wrestlers Who Became Knockout Artists In MMA

Everyone loves a good knockout. But sometimes fighters don’t break into mixed martial arts with pure KO power in their hands. Some obviously come from wrestling, having spent their lives learning to take opponents down and defend their takedowns. The collegiate wrestler turned MMA fighter usually gets some grief. Fans typically believe that the wrestler […]

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Everyone loves a good knockout. But sometimes fighters don’t break into mixed martial arts with pure KO power in their hands.

Some obviously come from wrestling, having spent their lives learning to take opponents down and defend their takedowns.

The collegiate wrestler turned MMA fighter usually gets some grief. Fans typically believe that the wrestler depends largely on the lay and pray and ground and pound methods to win fights. While this sentiment may have held true in the early days of MMA, it’s not the case anymore.

In today’s MMA, athletes transitioning from collegiate wrestling have an abundance of resources. This has led to more wrestlers developing scary knockout power.

We took a look at 10 wrestlers who became knockout artists in MMA. The list starts here:

Tyron Woodley

Few college wrestlers have enjoyed the success in MMA as UFC welterweight champion Woodley.

Woodley burst on the fight scene in 2009. He quickly developed a reputation as a finisher and made his Strikeforce debut in just his third pro fight.

As of late, the reigning welterweight champion has come under some criticism for his lack of urgency when closing out some of his more recent title defenses.

The “Chosen One” answered the doubters at UFC 228 when he smashed Darren Till with a thunderous right hand and followed it up with a submission victory.

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