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.