Knee Injury Originally Occurred ‘3 Weeks Ago in Camp’

’s night ended in unfortunate fashion at
UFC on ESPN 36
, as a knee injury resulted in a third-round TKO
defeat to Jan
in Saturday’s headliner at the UFC Apex in Las

As it turns out, the injury was not completely unfamiliar to the
American Top Team-trained Austrian, who revealed in a post-fight
statement that it was a reoccurrence of something that had affected
him during camp.

“A great battle took place in the Octagon tonight but
unfortunately, it ended not the way Jan and I or the fans wanted,”
Rakic wrote on Instagram. “The same damn injury from [three] weeks
ago in camp showed up again tonight.”

Prior to the injury, Rakic felt that he deserved to be ahead on the
scorecards in what was shaping up to be a competitive fight.

“I felt I won both rounds, round one being close but round two was
just mine then I opened up really good even in the third before my
knee buckled,” he wrote. “Knowing the fact that my cardio was off
the chart (with a heartbeat at 36 in sleep) I would start to
picking him apart from third round on but it is what it is.
Congratulation to Jan and I wish him the best. I will take care of
this injury and come back like you never seen me before. This is a
unfinished fight between Jan and I and I really hope [UFC] gives me

It’s currently unclear how long Rakic will be sidelined as he
recovers from the injury. The 30-year-old is 6-2 in the UFC, with
notable wins against Thiago
, Anthony
and Jimi