Wanderlei Silva is willing to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for the fourth time but on one condition.
MMA veterans Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson have so far fought each other a total of three times. Silva won the first two by knockout during their days in Pride in 2003 and 2004, respectively, while “Rampage” bounced back to pick up a knockout win himself at UFC 92 in 2008.
On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Rampage brought up the idea of a fourth fight, saying he owes “The Axe Murderer” another ass whooping. The 41-year-old Silva got word of Jackson’s statements, saying he is willing to accept another fight, but under one condition.
”I will (talk to Bellator president Scott Coker), but I want to do this rematch with ‘Rampage’ at Arena da Baixada (soccer stadium), in Curitiba,” Silva told Brazilian website Gazeta do Povo (translation via MMA Fighting). “I’ll put this as a condition, to be in my hometown. Then it would be worth the effort.
“Money alone isn’t worth it, it has to be something more, and that would be fighting in front of my friends in Curitiba.”
Silva last fought in June at Bellator 180, where he lost to Chael Sonnen via decision. Despite the eight months that had elapsed since then, the Brazilian fighter says he has kept himself in shape and is ready to go against a “fat” Rampage Jackson in a possible heavyweight fight.
He also believes his knockout loss in their third fight was more of a fluke.
”I’m kind of big, too, with 229 pounds,” Silva said. “I’m training a bit stronger. He’s fat. I want to beat him up like a roly-poly toy. I’d beat him up. I hate him so much.”
”That knockout he gave me (at UFC 92), hit a lucky hand on my chin,” he added. “And after I went down he went there and landed another one. I hate him. I only wait for the next one to return the favor. It will be a brawl, the way people want.”
Rampage most recent fight was also against Sonnen when they kicked off Bellator’s eight-man heavyweight Grand Prix last month at Bellator 192. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.