Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rampage Jackson defeated Wanderlei Silva in the co-main event of Bellator 206, evening their series at two wins apiece.
Silva would like to see a fifth and final bout in the series, to end one of the greatest rivalries in all of MMA.
“Real rivals don’t exist anymore,” Silva said at the Bellator 206 post-fight press conference. “This is one of the last ones. Four fights, never go to the points. Now we have to have the fifth fight. I accept already. I hope he accept too because he beat me two times, I beat him two times and now have to have fifth fight to decide. … Next time I’m going to cut your head.”
It was Silva who won the first two bouts at Pride Final Conflict 2003 and Pride 28, while Rampage won at UFC 92 and the aforementioned Bellator 206 card.
Rampage shares the sentiment of his longtime rival and wants to have a fifth fight as well.
“Honestly I wasn’t thinking about a fifth fight because last time I beat Wanderlei he dropped weight classes,” Jackson said. “It’s a dream come true that he comes up to heavyweight because I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m too fat to fight Wanderlei now.’ But he came up to heavyweight, which means he’s a true soldier. He came up after the fight and said, ‘You know, we’re 2-2. Somebody’s got to be the victor.’ He said it, so it surprised the hell out of me. I’m down with a fifth fight, but I don’t know if (Bellator President) Scott (Coker) is down with a fifth fight. But I’m down for the fifth fight.”
If the bout would come together, it would mark the first time two MMA fighters fought each other five times throughout their career.