Rampage Jackson: Shogun fight will have to wait, I need surgery on both knees

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson speaks to the crowd about his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Drama, drama.

Quinton Jackson is back on Twitter and, of course, he's breaking news on his immediate future. This time, the former light heavyweight champion is saying he won't be able to fight Mauricio Rua. At least not for a while.

That's because he needs surgery on not just one knee, but both his knees. You know, the knees those doses of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) supposedly fixed up for him.

From "Rampage's" Twitter account:

"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."

The saga continues.

Jackson is no stranger to the spotlight, whether it be a shine or casting a dirty grey light over him. Recently, he's seemingly done a swan dive into the asphalt in an attempt to torpedo his career with the UFC.

After failing to make weight for his UFC 144 bout against Ryan Bader, "Rampage" turned in an ugly performance that saw him look sluggish and out of shape. He later claimed that was due to a knee injury, which was also the culprit for his missing weight.

That and the TRT he was on, prescribed by a doctor who diagnosed him with low-T. He claimed it helped heal him enough to fight Bader and instead of pulling out of the fight and leaving the UFC high and dry, he went ahead with it at less than 100-percent.

So when he felt slighted by the powers that be, hearing of them bagging on his performance in Japan, he went off. On top of outright demanding his release from the promotion, Jackson literally said UFC matchmaker Joe Silva should be "shot in the face" for the manner in which he's gone about booking "Rampage's" career.

Having had enough of the drama and likely feeling as though he's no longer worth the headache, the UFC announced Jackson would fight Rua sometime later this year thus fulfilling the final fight on his contract. After that, he's free to go wherever he pleases.

Now, of course, the wait for that fight, which never actually had an official date anyway, will be even longer. And Jackson will seemingly take advantage of the UFC's injury insurance policy to pay for his pending surgery.

The worst part in all this for fans? If and when this fight ever does take place, it will come only after both men have had extensive work done on their knees. Don't expect the PRIDE killers we once knew and loved.

It's sad, this aging thing.

Of course, it's entirely possible "Shogun" finds something else to do while "Rampage" gets healthy and we go back to square one with Jackson shouting from the rooftops how unhappy he is with his situation.


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