"Rampage" Jackson Needs Surgery, Won't Fight "Shogun" Rua Just Yet

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After loudly and repeatedly expressing his frustration with and sense of persecution by the UFC over a period of several days, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was granted his stated wish of being allowed to finish out his contract with the promotion by competing once more and then severing ties with the UFC for good.

Through UFC Tonight on FUEL TV, the UFC announced that Jackson would get his farewell fight, with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua as his opponent for the send-off. It was a rematch that Jackson had long expressed interest in and would see him face exactly the kind of hard-charging opponent he'd been asking for. Add in the UFC's willingness to just let him go afterward and it's a win-win by Jackson's standards.

Unfortunately, it looks like the knee injury Rampage suffered during the lead-up to his UFC 144 bout against Ryan Bader and aggravated during the fight itself was more serious than he thought. Jackson revealed via Twitter that it -- along with an injury to his other knee -- will require surgery that will delay the rematch with Shogun.

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

Shogun and Rampage met initially in the opening round of the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix, with Rampage suffering quite possibly the worst defeat of his career at the hands, feet, knees and shins of Rua.

The rematch did not come attached to a date or location when announced by the UFC.

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