Another day, another Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson story.
Yesterday we revealed that his farewell fight in the UFC is set to be against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, but according to ‘Rampage’ we shouldn’t be expecting to see the bout happen any time soon as he’s about to head into hospital for surgery.
“2 keep it real,the Shogun fight will have 2 wait,I just found out that I have 2 get surgery on both knees,but I heal fast don’t trip,” he wrote on Twitter earlier today.
He also noted that the injuries came about via a combination of his unsuccessful title fight with Jon Jones last year, and also his training partner Tyson Jeffries while preparing for his fight in Japan last month.
“John Jones fucked the left knee,n my sparing partner @antiheromma fucked the right 1,thanks guy!! But I’m not worried I got the best docs.”
Despite his assurances, knee surgeries generally aren’t the sort of thing you bounce back from quickly so this leaves the fight with ‘Shogun’ hanging in limbo.
Rua hasnt fought since November so the UFC may be looking to get him back in the Octagon sooner rather than later. The Brazilian has made it clear he desires a rematch with the former champion however and he may have some sympathy for his current plight given that he himself has been plagued with knee injuries throughout his career.
For the record, this isn’t the first time that the UFC has tried to pair up these two fighters. ‘Rampage’ was first approached about a rematch with ‘Shogun’ last year when Rua was still the UFC’s light-heavyweight champion.
He turned the fight down however, stating that four weeks notice was not enough time to prepare for one of his biggest rivals. Instead he took a fight with Matt Hamill a couple of months later, while ‘Bones’ Jones was given the chance to fight ‘Shogun’ instead and defeated him to claim the title he still holds today.