Rematches have become one of the most compelling storylines in all of mixed martial arts. From the trilogy of fights between Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, to the fights featuring Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, rematches mean big business in MMA.
Two potential rematches that seem almost certain to happen involve former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva. As he prepares for his upcoming bout at UFC 84 against Keith Jardine, he knows that fights with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Liddell may have new life down the road.
During his time with the Japanese promotion Pride, Silva defeated Jackson two separate times, finishing both fights with strikes and handing Rampage two of his more devastating losses. The Brazilian recently spoke to MMAWeekly Radio where he intimated that a third fight is definitely in order.
"Of course I want to fight him," said Silva about another fight with Rampage. "Him and I are going to have to fight, maybe next year, or however I'm going to fight with him. I want to fight him in the Octagon, because I want to beat him here in the United States, in the Octagon."
Never short on words, Rampage has rarely had nice things to say about Silva and the former Pride champion has taken notice.
"Guys don't talk much (expletive) about me. The guy is talking a lot in interviews. I've looked at him many times at events, he don't look at my eyes," Silva commented. "He's (saying), 'Oh I'm not afraid of him,' but he don't look at my eyes.
"I don't know what the problem is. They have a problem with me, come and talk to me, don't talk on an interview. If I have a problem with some guy, I'm going to go talk and say, 'hey man, I don't like you.' I talk to them (face to face)."
Despite two dominant victories over Jackson, Silva welcomes a third fight and says this time there won't be much talking when the battle is over.
"The next time, I'm going to beat him here," Silva stated with a fierce tone. "He won't talk more about me never (again)."
In his return bout to the UFC, Silva lost a decision to former 205-pound king Liddell. The two legends put on a "Fight of the Year" performance and Silva is hopeful for another shot at that fight as well.
"I know I'm going to fight with him again," he said about a rematch with Liddell. "Because the last fight was a great fight. It was a great honor to fight him, and he's a great name too."
Silva feels confident in his chances for a second go round.
"I want to fight with him again, and the next time I'm going to beat him."
For the time being, he will finish out his training camp this week in preparation for his upcoming bout on May 24 with Jardine at UFC 84.