For years Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has talked about his bad knees. He underwent surgery last year with his contracted insurance from the UFC, but does not think the treatment helped much.
The fighter attributes most of his recent losses to the fact that he cannot sit on his punches or stuff takedowns due to the extreme nature of his knee injuries. Rampage has been in contact with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, according to MMAjunkie.com, to let him know how fantastic the improvement in his knees has become after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy.
“I sat down and had a lot of conversations with Quinton about what was missing, and the thing that he kept going back to over and over again was, ‘I’ve been fighting on knees that I couldn’t even press off on,'” Rebney said. “We were at the office one day and he took me down to the car, and he was like, ‘I can’t even get in an out of my car. If I can’t get this fixed, I’m never going to be the fighter that I was again.'”
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, was developed by a doctor in Germany. The treatment involves taking blood from the patient, spinning it to extract platelets, and than re-injecting the platelets into the patient in order to form healthy tissue.
“It’s one of those processes where there’s not a rehab period after you get done doing it,” Rebney said. “You can literally start utilizing your knees immediately when the process concludes.”
Jackson is currently scheduled to headline the first Bellator pay-per-view on Nov. 2, in a fight against longtime friend and fellow-former UFC champ Tito Ortiz.
For more information on PRP, watch the video below and skip to the 1:41 mark.