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UFC wise in holding off on Jackson vs. Machida

Steve Cofield
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Quinton Jackson has wrapped up his promotional work for "The A-Team" movie and taken his family on a vacation in Hawaii. When he returns to the mainland, he can get back to his real career in the Octagon.

But who will "Rampage" face in his first fight off the loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 114? Dana White was asked about Lyoto Machida in the UFC 114 postfight media session and that would likely be the next opponent for Jackson. But often times White speaks off the cuff without consulting UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

During a recent episode of ESPN2's "MMA Live," Cagewriter via Yahoo! Sports' Dave Meltzer pointed out that it was more likely Jackson and Machida would be placed in separate bouts in an effort to help rebuild both of their reputations.

The early rumors are in now on Jackson's future. TATAME in Brazil is saying Jackson will face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Nogueira's boxing coach Luis Carlos Dorea told TATAME:

"It’s set that he’ll be back in September, and rumors point that his opponent might be Quinton Jackson. It’d be a great fight for Rogério, he’s a former UFC champion and a victory over him will move us pretty close to the title. The UFC only has top athletes and Quinton Jackson is really dangerous. It’d be a great fight, but the UFC didn’t confirmed anything yet."

TATAME claims it's confirmed that fight has been verbally agreed upon by both fighters.

Here's the Jackson talk on "MMA Live" on June 3 (click on photo, 27:24 remaining mark)

The only pay-per-view card in September is slated for Indianapolis at UFC 119.

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