Rampage Jackson to Undergo Double Knee Surgeries, Shogun Fight Delayed

March 15, 2012
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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still has one final fight to go in the UFC and it is slated to be against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but not before he goes through surgery.

The former Pride fighter took to his Twitter account on Thursday with news that the knee injury that hampered him in the fight with Ryan Bader will require him to go under the doctor’s knife.

As a matter of fact, both of Jackson’s knees will need to be surgically repaired.

“To keep it real, the Shogun fight will have to wait. I just found out that I have to get surgery on both knees,” wrote Rampage. “But I heal fast, don’t trip.”

Jackson didn’t specify the nature of the surgery, but from the tone in his post it doesn’t sound like major reconstructive surgery like the one UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre just had to undergo.

Jackson first revealed the nature of his injury after missing weight for his fight with Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan. He stated that a nagging knee problem forced him to miss out on much of the road work that would have allowed him to get his weight down prior to the trip overseas.

Jackson ended up losing the fight to Bader by unanimous decision.

Over the past several weeks, Jackson has been on a rampage via Twitter and a separate interview with HDNet’s Bas Rutten complaining about his status with the UFC and going as far as asking for his release.

With one fight left on his current deal, the UFC offered to appease his wish after he fulfilled that final bout.

The plan was for Rampage to face Shogun later this year in a rematch of their 2005 bout in Pride, but the double knee surgeries will at least delay the timing of that fight for now.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Jackson’s surgery and recovery when it becomes available.

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  • Enough with the “On a rampage” pun, we get it HA HA HA STOP.

  • TKD

    Might as well have the surgeries before his medical runs out.

    • Lesnardo

      I don’t know if the UFC would pay for a surgery like this.

      In any case, anyone who has to undergo major surgeries just to fight in front of a camera should get paid more than the amount the UFC fighters are currently getting paid.

      • Prodigy815

        The fighters are insured even the no name undercard guys under contract are insured,Cub Swanson for example.

    • shakejunt

      that’s a really good point.
      also, he probably needs time to figure out how to salvage whatever fans he has left

  • pooby

    I think Rampage just has no more motivation to fight.

  • julianmoran

    Rampage had great head movement against Jones.

    He deserves the respect to be believed and blame the loss on his injuries, as Shogun fought poorly against Griffin and Coleman when injured.
    Still I am gladd this fight is not happening, as Shogun deserves a higher ranked fighter as in bader..

    • RealmmaFan

      I wouldnt consider bader as a higher ranked fighter I mean look what ortiz did to him I think Shogun should face the winner of Silva/gustafsson and injuries are no joke.

      • fitefan

        Bader is ranked one above Jackson.

        And all Ortiz did was catch Bader with an arm in guillotine in full guard.
        It’s not like he picked Bader apart for two rounds, beat him up real good and slapped a very difficult choke on him.

        Ortiz got lucky.

        • bryanadams

          Yeah luckily he knocked him down with a punch and then accidentally locked on a guillotine. I don’t think Ortiz is the better fighter, but there’s nothing lucky about what happens in a fight. Bader was over confident and ortiz was extremely motivated. I would never say an opponent caught me in a lucky submission, that’s extremely disrespectful in sport jiu jitsu.