Rampage Jackson says Shogun Rua rematch will "have to wait"Posted on March 15, 2012, 05:12 PM by Joey Santosus
Contrary to the UFC's announcement earlier this week, it appears Quinton Jackson won't be fighting Mauricio Rua anytime soon.
At least, that's according to "Rampage," who took to Twitter, as he's done so often lately, to insist that the long anticipated rematch will "have to wait."
"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," Tweeted Jackson.
Last seen in action at UFC 144, "Rampage" came into his bout with Ryan Bader well over the required weight limit, only to be defeated via unanimous decision in a largely lackluster affair. In the time since, the former Light Heavyweight Champion has aired his grievances with the UFC, insisting that he is both underpaid and under-appreciated by the promotion.
With that in mind, Jackson went on to demand his release from the organization, even stating that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva should be "shot in the face" for booking him against wrestling-based opponents.
Seemingly in response to the remarks, the UFC wasted little time before announcing the final fight on Jackson's contract: a rematch with "Shogun" Rua later this year.
Known for everything but his wrestling credentials, Rua scored a vicious TKO victory over "Rampage" back in 2005, and though Jackson had previously been offered the rematch in the form of a title shot in 2011, he declined citing a lack of preparation time.
While the UFC had not yet confirmed a date for the bout, "Shogun" is unlikely to remain inactive while awaiting "Rampage's" return.
Further Reading: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson asks to be released from the UFC
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