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Wanderlei Silva says he’s fighting Rampage Jackson at Bellator event in September

A fourth fight between MMA legends Wanderlei Silva and Rampage Jackson is apparently going to happen on September 29th in California.

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Prepare yourselves for the possible fourth installment of the Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson rivalry.

According to the Brazilian legend, he’s going to be fighting “Rampage” in the main event of a Bellator MMA show to be held on September 29th in California.

Silva has said in the past that he’s been wanting to take on Rampage in Brazil, more specifically in his hometown of Curitiba. Evidently that’s not happening any time soon, although “Curitiba” and “California” both start with the letter C and end with the letter A, so close enough.

If word-of-mouth via fighter isn’t enough, Bellator MMA revealed that they will be holding a press conference in New York City on June 26th, with Rampage and Wanderlei in attendance, as well as “additional current and former world champions,” plus Bellator president Scott Coker and Viacom CFO Wade Davis. While details were scarce, the promotion said that the presser would involve a “landmark distribution deal” and a “Monumental ‘can’t-miss’ event to also be announced.”

Wanderlei (35-13-1, 1 NC) made his Bellator MMA debut last June, losing a decision to Chael Sonnen in the Bellator: NYC pay-per-view main event. It marked his first fight since 2013, following a three-year ban for drug test infractions committed while still under UFC contract. Silva hasn’t had a win since knocking out Brian Stann in March 2013.

Rampage (37-13) is on a two-fight losing streak, having lost decisions to both Muhammed Lawal and Chael Sonnen under the Bellator banner. The Sonnen bout was the first quarterfinal of Bellator’s heavyweight Grand Prix, so it was a swift exit from the tournament for the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

In their heated rivalry, Silva won the first two contests by KO while in PRIDE, whereas Jackson exacted revenge with a brutal KO of Silva at UFC 92 way back in 2008.

I suppose all that’s left to do is wait until June 26th to see if this fight will be made official, along with additional details on this “can’t-miss” card.

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