Winner of Rampage vs Rashad gets title shot

by Steven Marrocco | source:

UFC president Dana White confirmed earlier talk that the winner of the May 29 grudge match will be the first to challenge the promotion's newly minted light heavyweight champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

"I did commit to the winner getting a title shot," White said during an action-packed conference call promoting the event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Jackson, who's repeatedly called the May 29 fight a "tune-up," said the title opportunity has come at the perfect time. 

"I've been training for this fight like it was a title shot," Jackson said. "I've been training five rounds because I still feel like I'm a champion in my mind. So for it to be a title shot next makes it sweet ... So I can just go right into it and keep training those five round and get my belt back and get back on the right track of being one of the best fighters in the world."

White made no mention of a timetable for Rua's first title defense.

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ScottCL site profile image  

5/19/10 1:32 PM by ScottCL

What the heck? Randy deserves the title shot, I dont even understand why they made him fight brandon vera. He gets a title shot as soon as he changes weight classes. Please follow your own rules joe silva.

Aleck911 site profile image  

5/19/10 1:20 PM by Aleck911

Nah he didn't bitch about it, he laughed his ass off. Rampage or Rashad getting a title shot is really funny right?

jettdogg site profile image  

5/19/10 1:19 PM by jettdogg

Rashad will be exposed once again.

mcpeepants232003 site profile image  

5/19/10 1:18 PM by mcpeepants232003

yes lol at a top five lhw getting a title shot after beating 2 or 3 top lhw's in a row. Funny how when Shogun gets a title shot after beating absolutely nobody in the Ufc everyone defends it but when the Rampage/Rashad winner does they don't deserve it? Right I guess some people will bitch about anything. I'm sure you bitched about Rogers/Overeem, Lesnar/Randy, and Carwin/Lesnar as well.

Aleck911 site profile image  

5/19/10 1:14 PM by Aleck911

Why does giving one of these guys a title shot make the UFC a circus? Who would you give a title shot to?

nomad1974 site profile image  

5/19/10 1:10 PM by nomad1974

If not them, then who?

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

5/19/10 1:07 PM by ChokeEmOut

 LMAO @ either one of them getting a title shot but welcome to the circus that is the UFC.

Modern Day Messiah site profile image  

5/19/10 12:51 PM by Modern Day Messiah

would love to see Rampage/Shogun 2

Naughty Gorilla site profile image  

5/19/10 12:32 PM by Naughty Gorilla

If Shogun deserved his title shot in the first place, no reason winner of Rampage-Rashad shouldn't.