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Quinton Jackson

Updated: 2009-03-21
Quinton Jackson

Facts

Country U.S.A Age 38
Club Wolfslair MMA Academy Height 185 cm / 6'1"
Style Wrestling Weight 93 kg / 205 lbs
Website http://www.allrampage.com/ Categories WGP

Titles
Ufc light-heavy weight champion

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 2 2 1 0 0
Other Fights 37 30 14 7 0
Statistics 39 82% 38% 18% 0

Description

Quinton Ramone "Rampage" Jackson (born June 20, 1978) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter who rose to prominence with his fights in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He is currently the light heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

He has a professional record of 27 wins with 6 losses, and has often been seen with his trademark "Rumble Chain" around his neck ringside and before fights. He is known for both his trademark slams and powerful overhand strikes, as well as for his colourful personality.

Kickboxing career

In 2002, when PRIDE Fighting Championships and K-1 were exchanging talent, Jackson was sent to fight kickboxer Cyril Abidi under K-1 rules. The first kickboxing bout between Abidi and Jackson was on July 14, 2002. Many expected Jackson's wild style of striking would not translate into the K-1 ring, thinking he would be outclassed by such a schooled and disciplined striker as Abidi. Instead, Jackson overwhelmed Abidi from the opening bell, and knocked him down less than a minute into the bout. Jackson then scored a hard underhand right to the chin of Abidi, knocking him out only 1:55 into the very first round.

Later in the year, Abidi wanted to prove his loss to the undisciplined Jackson was nothing more than a fluke, and faced him on the New Year's Eve Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye card, again in a K-1 rules bout. Jackson laid a lot of criticism to rest by once again defeating Abidi, this time not by early knockout, but via a clear decision. It would be Jackson's last foray with K-1, as he returned to full-time MMA competition after his second win over Abidi.

Mixed martial arts career

Amateur and early professional career

Jackson had his first taste of combat sport as a wrestler for Raleigh Egypt High School where his successful career was punctuated by All-State honors, as Jackson finished 5th at the Tennessee State tournament at 189 lbs as a High School Senior. Originally, Jackson had intended on pursuing a career in professional wrestling upon finishing high school, but ultimately ended up extending his amateur career in junior college before discovering mixed martial arts. Impressed by the success of other wrestlers in MMA, Jackson decided to try his own hand at the budding sport. Jackson built up a record of 11 wins and 1 loss fighting for a variety of smaller scale American promotions, including King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge, and Dangerzone.

PRIDE Fighting Championships

It was not upon native soil, but rather in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships in which he rose to fame in the world of mixed martial arts. Coming into the Japanese promotion as a previously unknown fighter, Jackson was matched at PRIDE 15 against fellow wrestler Kazushi Sakuraba, who was at that time Pride's most prominent domestic fighter. Though taken down repeatedly by the smaller Sakuraba, once on the canvas Jackson refused to be controlled, using his wrestling ability and raw strength to fight off numerous joint-locks and choke attempts from Sakuraba. Repeatedly he elevated Sakuraba off the mat and slammed him down in order to break free from submission holds. An exhausted Jackson eventually succumbed to a rear naked choke from Sakuraba, but his performance opened the eyes of PRIDE's fan base and its executive office both.

After besting pro-wrestler Alexander Otsuka in a fight for the Battlarts promotion, he was invited back for PRIDE 17 where Jackson scored a KO victory over Otsuka's stable mate, Yuki Ishikawa. Jackson was then disqualified for an accidental low blow in his next PRIDE appearance against Daijiro Matsui. After this unfortunate result, Jackson rose to prominence as the possible number one contender to Wanderlei Silva's PRIDE Middlweight Belt with consecutive wins over Masaaki Satake, Igor Vovchanchyn, Kevin Randleman and Mikhail Illoukhine. Tension between Jackson and Silva heightened after Jackson's KO of Randleman. Immediately following the referee stoppage, Jackson pointed at Silva, who was sitting ringside, and told the champion once on the microphone that he was after his belt. Wanderlei Silva then jumped into the ring and pushed Jackson, saying "it's my belt!", which caused a commotion in the ring, as referees and cornerman held back Jackson and Silva to prevent a brawl. In the opening round of the PRIDE 2003 Middleweigh Grand Prix, Jackson won a split decision over Murilo Bustamante in a lackluster performance. However, Jackson would once again return to dominate, this time at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003, in the semi-finals with a win over UFC fighter Chuck Liddell. Liddell was coming off a KO win against Alistair Overeem in the opening round, but Rampage dominated Liddell standing, eventually making his corner throw in the towel after repeated ground and pound by Jackson. This took him all the way to the finals of the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix later that night.

There, Jackson fought for the championship against Brazilian rival Wanderlei Silva in what was called fight of the year by various MMA media. However, after taking Silva down and bloodying him with in the ensuing ground and pound assault, a stand-up was called by the referee and Jackson was subsequently TKO'd with a series of knees to the head.


Jackson famously slamming Ricardo Arona for the KO in PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004.

Jackson went on to defeat Ikuhisa Minowa and Ricardo Arona, the latter being bout notable both for the fight-ending slam by which Jackson rendered Arona unconscious and some controversy preceding the finish, wherein Arona argued to the referee in-charge that he had rendered Jackson unconscious with up-kicks. The bout also served as an eliminator to determine the top challenger to Wanderlei Silva.

Prior to rematching Silva, Jackson made some headlines with the public announcement of his conversion to born again Christianity. In the fight itself, Jackson floored Wanderlei in the opening round and later scored a takedown which led to a series of knees and elbows which seemed primed to usher in a referee stoppage when the bell signaled the end of the opening stanza. Jackson scored another takedown in the second, but Wanderlei escaped to his feet and proceeded to finish Jackson with knees for the second time. Jackson's next two bouts would be against stable mates of Wanderlei's. He won a controversial split decision win over Murilo Rua - the English commentators including Bas Rutten, who was Quinton's close friend, thought Ninja should have won and Jackson even tried to give Ninja the trophy after the decision was announced. He then fell to Ninja's younger brother Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via TKO in the elimination series of the 2005 Pride Middleweight Gran Prix, where Shogun broke one of Jackson' ribs early and proceeded to win by soccer kicks to Jackson's head. Rampage bounced back with wins over Hirotaka Yokoi and world-class judoka Yoon Dong-Sik before leaving the organization amid turmoil with its upper management. In 2007, Jackson stated two Pride officials, who were later fired, offered him a bonus payment in his 2001 Pride debut against Japanese star fighter Kazushi Sakuraba if he lost by knockout or submission and did not tap.

After PRIDE

On May 16, 2006, the World Fighting Alliance announced it had signed Jackson to a multi-fight deal. He defeated Matt Lindland by split decision at WFA: King of the Streets on July 22, 2006. "He is a good fighter," Rampage said. "I trained hard. He is an Olympic silver medalist. So much respect to him. I knew I had to bring it." The match turned out to be a tough one for the Memphis, Tenn., native who got caught in a choke hold twice. Rampage managed to get out both times and slammed Lindland a few times before cutting the bridge of his nose with ground and pound on his way to the win.

UFC career

Jackson lands a right hook that drops Chuck Liddell in UFC 71, winning the Light-Heavyweight title.

On December 11, 2006, Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, announced it had acquired select assets from the World Fighting Alliance, which will cease operations as a part of their sale agreement. UFC President Dana White has told The Fight Network that Jackson's contract is one of the assets they have acquired.[3] In an interview on the UFC show Inside the UFC Jackson said it was time for him to enter the UFC, and he hadn't before because of his friendship with Tito Ortiz. Jackson said that because Ortiz was the head fighter in the UFC, he didn't want to ruin that. Jackson made his UFC debut at UFC 67, when he beat Marvin Eastman in a rematch.

At UFC 71, May 26, 2007, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson once again defeated Chuck Liddell by TKO (Strikes) in Round 1 after one minute and fifty-three seconds to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight champion.

Jackson then defeated Pride Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson at UFC 75,[16] on September 8, 2007 in London, England via unanimous decision to unify the two organizations' titles. Jackson's next fight, at UFC 92, would be against Wanderlei Silva, the only man to beat Jackson twice. Jackson avenged his previous defeats by knocking Silva out with a vicious left hook in the first round.

Jackson mad his return to the cage against Keith Jardine at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009. It was announced before the fight that if Jackson won he would fight Rashad Evans for the Light Heavyweight Championship and if he lost Lyoto Machida would fight for the title instead. Jackson won the fight by unanimous decision with many believing that his knockdown of Jardine in the final seconds of the third round swayed the outcome of the fight. However, an injury suffered by Frank Mir had postponed his scheduled title unification fight with Brock Lesnar from UFC 98, and Evans is expected to defend his belt as the main event then instead; Jackson had stated he would like to fight Rashad, however, he suffered an injury to his jaw that will require surgery.

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Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-10 at: 09:14
Great all rounded fighter, should stick to MMA in my eyes, eventho i would love to see him fight JLB or the Schilt.
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