Pride Fighting Championships will always be remembered for some of the most exciting fights in MMA history, but no rivalry may ever top the fire between Wanderlei Silva and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. On Dec. 27, the blade will strike iron once again, as sparks will fly as the two light heavyweights battle for a third time when they meet at UFC 92 in Las Vegas.
Now living and training full time in the United States, Wanderlei Silva is stepping into this third fight with Jackson a new fighter. As he readies his new school to open after the upcoming fight is over, Silva understands that both he and his opponent are at different places than when they last fought over four years ago.
"It's a different place now. We'll fight in the cage and the gloves here are more small, the fights are more aggressive," Silva said about the third match with Jackson. "He has heavy hands. I have to be careful with this, but for me it's no problem because I love an aggressive match. Every fan live and on TV is going to have the best fight.
"It's a totally different time, totally different fighter. He changed his team; I changed my team. It's a different place, different organization; he was the last champion. I know he's still hungry for a fight with me. I'm too hungry for a fight with him."
After two devastating TKO's over Jackson in their Pride fights, Silva still has no problem with a third fight following several interviews he heard from his opponent asking for this very rematch.
"Yeah because I watch in interviews and he's talking he wants to fight with me again," Silva commented. "After the UFC offered the match to me, I'm so happy because this is a great opportunity for me because he's the best name here. He beat Chuck (Liddell) two times, and he's a very, very strong fighter."
Despite many years passing since their wars overseas, Silva is no friendlier with Jackson now that they both fight in the UFC. He's adamant that this is a grudge match with a fighter he doesn't particularly care for.
"Everybody has the guys that you don't like. The first time I watch him, I don't like him. Now no change, I don't like him," Silva stated. "This time I'm training even more and more. I'm training all day, every day, because I want to have my best condition to beat this guy again.
"I want to kill this guy; I don't like him. This is really no promotion. I don't talk with him. I don't like him; he knows this."
A very motivated and focused Wanderlei Silva could be the most dangerous opponent that Quinton Jackson has ever faced. The rivalry will hit new heights on Dec. 27 when the foes face off for the third time at UFC 92.