7 Submissions (21.88 %)
11 Decisions (34.38 %)
2 Submissions ( 22.22 %)
3 Decisions ( 33.33 %)
1 Other ( 11.11 %)
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After wrestling in high school and college, Quinton Jackson started to notice a trend in the sport of MMA. Wrestlers, who could punch hard like Jackson, did very well in mixed martial arts, and that was all it took to convince Jackson that he should take a fight and see how he would do. He beat future UFC veteran Mike Pyle in his first fight by decision, and then went on to get his first of 7 submission wins. In his third fight he got his first loss, but it fueled Jackson to continue fighting and improving, and before he knew it he was 10-1 as a professional. Jackson proved to be a gritty fighter with some submission ability as in his first ten fights he racked up 5 of his career 7 submissions. Jackson would use his wrestling to force fighters to fight with him on his feet, and use his boxing to beat them up.
Jackson got a lot of attention in these fights, and he somehow managed to catch the eye of the matchmaker from Pride Fighting Championship. Rampage was invited to Japan to face Pride legend Kazushi Sakuraba at Pride 15. Jackson lost the fight Sakuraba, but he would remain fighting in Japan for the next 6 years where he racked up a 12-5 record. He earned wins over Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamante, Murilo ‘ninja’ Rua, and future UFC hall of famer Chuck Liddell. Rampage was a viscous striker and had a killer instinct and persona that the fans in Japan and all over the world loved. In his fight against Ricardo Arona, Arona was on his back and Rampage was in his guard when Arona locked in a triangle choke. Rampage got to his feet, lifting Arona with him, and slammed him to the canvas knocking out Arona cold. These were the things you could expect from Jackson when he entered the Pride ring.
At the end of 2006, Jackson took a fight against Matt Lindland (Rampage won via TKO) at a smaller organization that was bought by the UFC, and in the deal the UFC would now have Jackson on their roster. Rampage fought for the UFC for the first time at UFC 67 against Marvin Eastman, the fighter that handed Rampage his first career loss. Rampage would go on to TKO Eastman in the second round with punches and avenging his loss. After the fight, Rampage was offered the chance an other guy he had already fought, and beat; Chuck Liddell. Chuck was the champion at the time, and they would fight at UFC 71. In devastating fashion, Rampage knocked Liddell out in under 2 minutes of the first round, and became the light heavyweight champion of the UFC. It was at this time where the UFC acquired Jackson’s former fight home Pride, and they began to unify the titles from Japan. Dan Henderson was the light heavyweight champion in Pride, and he was scheduled to fight Jackson to unify the belts. Jackson would go on to defend his belt against Henderson and win via decision, and win the belt that alluded him in Pride.
Jackson was then scheduled to fight fan favorite Forrest Griffin at UFC 86. He and Griffin would coach on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, and at the end of the season they would fight for the championship. Rampage lost be decision, and earne dhis first career UFC loss. He was then scheduled to fight Pride/UFC legend Wanderlei Silva who had defeated Rampage twice in Pride finishing him both times. Silva is the only man to ever do that. Rampage would go on to win the fight with a viscous left hook that knocked Silva out cold. Mainly because of injury and things going in his personal life, he only fought once in 2009, and it was a victory over UFC journeymen Keith Jardine.
After the culmination of being a coach again on The Ultimate Fighter, Jackson would square off against long time rival Rashad Evans. The winner would go on to get a title shot in LHW division, but it was Evans who would come out the victor with a decision. After defeating Lyoto Machida, Rampage was given another title eliminator fight against Matt Hammil, and he would go on to win that fight as well. He is scheduled to fight Jon Bones Jones for the light heavyweight strap at UFC 135.