Though the recently announced rematch between Quinton Jackson and Mauricio Rua was still in its development stage and lacking a specific date it appears the two former UFC light heavyweight champs will not face off any time soon after “Rampage” announced today he’s slated for surgery in the coming weeks. Though the details surrounding his condition were not revealed, according to Jackson the procedure will involve work on both of his knees.
“I heal fast (so) don’t trip,” the 33-year old wrote on Twitter after revealing his status through the social networking site.
Rua has not been seen in the ring since his November classic against Dan Henderson, lending weight to the notion of him taking on an opponent other than “Rampage” in his next outing rather than wait for an extended period of time while Jackson heals. The two first fought in 2005 under the PRIDE banner where Rua stopped Jackson with strikes.
Their eventual bout in the UFC is likely to be Jackson’s final appearance inside the Octagon after lobbying for his release over the past few weeks. According to Jackson, he is underpaid, under-promoted, and underappreciated, and as a result he wants to take his talents to another organization he believes is a more-positive environment.
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