An injured knee suffered in training camp for his UFC 144 fight with Ryan Bader led to the fighter being curiously prescribed testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy, and eventually to a controversial interview on the topic with FightersOnly. The TRT also helped contribute to Jackson missing weight badly for UFC 144, a factor that only made his unanimous decision loss to Bader look worse.
Shortly after his fight and the interview with FightersOnly, Jackson began frustratedly sounding off via Twitter on his relationship with the UFC. Rampage let it be known that he felt disrespected and undervalued by the UFC brass, whom he alleged treat fighters like slaves in regards to proper compensation. Jackson continued pressing the issue in an interview with Bas Rutten on HDNet’s Inside MMA, declaring for everyone to hear that he wants out of the UFC after completing the final fight on his contract. Oh, and it better not be against another boring wrestler.
Rampage repeatedly indicated Shogun — who beat Jackson soundly in a PRIDE fight back in 2005 — as his desired opponent and even revealed through Twitter that the knee injury he aggravated during the Bader fight was healing up.
Yo guys not sure who I’m fighting yet but I hope it is Shogun cause he always come 2 fight,just got my MRI today,n I’m feeling great now
The UFC obliged Jackson, announcing publicly via UFC Tonight that Jackson vs. Rua 2 was on and would indeed be Rampage’s farewell fight from the UFC. Unfortunately, Jackson’s MRI results have apparently put the kibosh on that.
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 proposed bout did not yet have an assigned date or location.