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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