Jackson announced Thursday that he will undergo surgery on both
knees in the near future.
UFC recently announced that Jackson will take on former
Pride Fighting Championships rival Mauricio Rua
at a to-be-announced event in 2012. While no official word has been
given on a fight date, Jackson stated that his knees must take
priority before the fight can occur.
“To keep it real, the ‘Shogun’ fight will have to wait,” wrote
Jackson on his official Twitter account. “I just found out that I
have to get surgery on both knees, but I heal fast. Don’t
“Rampage” went on to reveal how he hurt each of his knees,
asserting that his left knee was injured during his September clash
with reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Meanwhile, Jackson stated that his right knee was accidentally
injured by sparring partner Tyson
Jeffries prior to Jackson’s February meeting with Ryan Bader at
A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jackson joined the
promotion in 2007 and captured the title from Chuck
Liddell in just his second Octagon appearance. After
relinquishing his belt to Forrest
Griffin the following year, Jackson won four of five fights
before stumbling in his last two outings against Jones and Bader.