Quinton “Rampage” Jackson couldn’t wait to get out of his UFC contract, trying his best to leave the company over the past two weeks by blasting them through various forms of media.
Accepting his departure, the UFC didn’t waste time confirming Jackson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would face off in Jackson’s last contracted fight. However, the bout will be delayed as the former light heavyweight champion will undergo surgery on both of his knees in the coming days.
“Rampage” took to his Twitter account to make the news official, posting, “To keep it real, the Shogun fight will have to wait, I just found out that I have to get surgery on both knees, but I heal fast don’t trip.”
Rua defeated Jackson in their previous match, scoring a first round knockout after delivering several strikes including kicks to the downed 205er. The bout took place in 2005 while both fighters were in PRIDE.
The UFC never set a date for the Rua-Jackson rematch.
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MMATraining Take: Since there was no mention of how severely injured his knees are it’s hard to know how long he’ll be out. If I had to guess I’d wager he’ll sit out until fall so he can get a fight in before the holidays, though obviously his health will determine if that’s to be or not. Definitely another strange twist in the “Rampage” saga from these past few weeks.