All signs are pointing toward a fourth bout between Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson taking place later this year.
In a video on his Facebook, “The Axe Murderer” revealed that he will be facing Jackson at a Bellator MMA event in California on Sept. 29. Bellator has not formally announced the card.
“It is with great honor that I announce my return to MMA,” Silva wrote. “On Sept. 29th in California, I will do the Bellator MMA main event against [Quinton Jackson]. It will be our fourth match. I am very happy with my return and it will undoubtedly be a great show for everyone you guys.”
Silva’s statement would seem to align with a recent release from the California-based promotion, which is holding a press conference on June 26 in New York to announce a “landmark distribution deal” as well as a “monumental can’t-miss event.” Both Silva and Jackson are expected to be in attendance.
Silva and Jackson fought twice under the Pride Fighting Championships banner, with the Brazilian scoring stoppage victories in November 2003 and October 2004. “Rampage” avenged those defeats with a first-round knockout of Silva at UFC 92 in December 2008.
Silva returned to action following a four-year hiatus at Bellator 180, where he suffered a decision loss to Chael Sonnen in the evening’s main event at Madison Square Garden. The 41-year-old fighter is 41-13-1 with no contest over the course of a career that began in 1996.
Jackson, meanwhile, is also coming off a loss to Sonnen, as he dropped a three-round verdict to the former UFC title challenger in the opening round of the heavyweight grand prix at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20. The 40-year-old Memphis, Tenn., native owns a 37-13 career mark.