Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rampage Jackson and Wanderlei Silva are rumored to be fighting for a fourth time at a yet to be announced Bellator MMA event this September.
Andre Dida is Silva’s head coach and he says the Brazilian kills Rampage everytime they engage in striking battles.
“We know he likes to brawl, and that’s great for the fans, who will watch a great fight, and for Wanderlei, because the style matches up well for him,” Dida said to MMA Fighting. “Wanderlei has many weapons to beat Quinton Jackson. Every time Quinton Jackson tried to break Wanderlei standing, Wanderlei went there and broke him. He always tries to go toe-to-toe and ends up dying. We know what to do. Wanderlei is aggressive, everybody knows that, and we’ll keep him at his best for the fight.”
The duo has fought three times before, with Silva winning twice in the Pride organization and Rampage winning at UFC 92.
Speaking of that loss at UFC 92, a confident Dida knows exactly why Silva dropped that encounter.
“We know what went wrong,” Dida said. “Wanderlei fought in a way and Quinton Jackson fired back. If Quinton Jackson does that again, we’ll catch him. Wanderlei Silva is hungry. It’s a new fight. Wanderlei is happy, living and training in Brazil again, and we’ll make sure he has his hands raised in the end.”
If Rampage is able to pick up a second win against Silva, it could set up an unprecedented (in MMA anyway) fifth fight between the two rivals.