Two of Pride FC’s top fighters, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson collided in 2005 at ‘Pride: Total Elimination’ in Osaka, Japan. In the end it was Shogun who would walk away with the TKO victory by soccer-kick strikes. Since then both men have went on to become successful UFC champions.
With both men eying the tail-end of their illustrious career, it has came to question if the two would ever go to battle again. According to Shogun it is ‘inevitable,’ as he believes neither of them will retire till it happens.
I don’t discard Ryan Bader nor Rampage, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin… I guess there are many guys I could fight. Actually, soon I’ll know more about it and I’ll keep you posted. I’m sure I’ll train focused on my opponent and he’s going to be a hard one. The fight against Rampage will happen eventually. It’s inevitable and UFC knows it. He won’t retire before fighting me and neither am I (laughs). I don’t know if he got injured, if he was not feeling ok… It’s hard to know, but Rampage is very professional and deserves to be respected.”