The LA Times has an article that contains a few interesting stories. Here’s the first clip:
“…less than four months after Jackson joined UFC, he’s getting his shot to take Liddell’s belt. UFC will officially announce today that the fighters have signed contracts to headline a May 26 pay-per-view card, UFC 71, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I’m ready, for sure,” Liddell said. “I’m at the top of my game, and I’ve been looking forward to this fight for a long time. I should’ve never lost the first time. It won’t happen again.”
Jackson hadn’t planned on fighting Liddell so quickly in his UFC career, but his manager said UFC President Dana White tore up their prior contract and offered a new four-fight deal that will begin with this title fight.”
There are a few interesting points in there. The most interesting is that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has in fact signed a new 4 fight contract with the UFC meaning he will be in the promotion for quite a while longer. Before this deal was signed it was not known how long Jackson would stay in the UFC because it was believed he only had a few fights left on his previous contract so this deal ensures that should he win the belt we are gauranteed to see him defend it several times.
Also, the article states that the UFC will announce the fight between Jackson and current champ Chuck Liddell.
Chuck Liddell’s appearance on TV while on sleeping pills is also mentioned, stating that he has passed drug tests confirming his story:
“Following the rambling, often incoherent discussion, Liddell said he was ordered off the promotional road by UFC President Dana White, and was subsequently subjected to a random drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Keith Kizer, executive officer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said Liddell passed the drug test.
“He’s been tested several times and has never ran afoul of our tests,” Kizer said. “Chuck was in a weird state on that show. I don’t blame people for being concerned about him, but he silenced his critics.”
It’s good to hear that all the details for this event have been ironed iut and bith fighters should be ready to put on a great fight on May 26th at UFC 71.