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Who is Quinton Ramone Jackson?

Who is Quinton Ramone Jackson? , the mix martial arts world knows him as Rampage Jackson, he is an American mixed martial artist and actor. He is a former UFC Light-Heavyweight title holder. Jackson rose to prominence in Japan's Pride Fighting Championships where he was noted for his powerful body slams including a famous knockout victory over Ricardo Arona. In the United States, he is known for his tenure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Jackson is the first person to unify any of the UFC and Pride FC championship belts, defeating Pride Fighting Championships Light-Heavyweight title holder Dan Henderson in 2007.

Jackson appeared for a second time as a coach on the reality series The Ultimate Fighter opposite Rashad Evans. They were scheduled to fight at UFC 107, but this bout was cancelled when Jackson took a movie role to play B. A. Baracus in The A-Team feature film. On 29 May 2010, Jackson is expected to fight Rashad at UFC 114 in Las Vegas.

Early life and career

Jackson was born June 20, 1978, and was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 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. Originally, Jackson had intended on pursuing a career in professional wrestling upon finishing high school, but ultimately ended up extending his amateur career at the junior college level before discovering mixed martial arts. Impressed by the success of other wrestlers in MMA, Jackson decided to try his own hand at the sport. Jackson built up an impressive 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

For all his early successes it was not on his native soil but rather in Japan's Pride organization that Jackson rose to fame in the world of mixed martial arts. Entering Pride in 2001, the Japanese originally marketed Jackson as being a homeless guy. Jackson, still a relatively unknown fighter, first was matched at Pride 15 against fellow wrestler and Japanese superstar Kazushi Sakuraba, who was at that time Pride's most prominent domestic fighter. Jackson lost due to a rear naked choke from Sakuraba, but his performance opened the eyes of Pride's fan base and its executive office.

After beating pro-wrestler Alexander Otsuka in a fight for the Battlarts promotion, Jackson was invited back for Pride 17 where he scored a knockout victory over Otsuka's training partner, Yuki Ishikawa. In his next fight, Jackson was disqualified for an accidental low blow against Daijiro Matsui.

Jackson then went on to defeat Masaaki Satake, Igor Vovchanchyn, Kevin Randleman and Mikhail Illoukhine in successive Pride bouts. He also made forays into kickboxing with a pair of victories over 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 kickboxing, as he returned to full-time MMA competition after his second win over Abidi.

Around this time, Jackson began stating his intentions to capture the Pride middleweight (205 lb/93kg) title from Wanderlei Silva. In the opening round of Pride's 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix, Jackson won a split decision over Murilo Bustamante. Three months later, Jackson defeated UFC fighter Chuck Liddell in the tournament's semi-finals at Pride Final Conflict 2003 by corner stoppage, putting him in place to battle Silva in the tournament finals that night. Jackson fought for the championship against Silva in what was called fight of the year by various MMA media. After taking Wanderlei Silva down and bloodying him, a stand-up was called by the referee and Jackson was stopped with a series of knees to the head.

Jackson famously slamming Ricardo Arona for the KO win in Pride Critical Countdown 2004

Jackson continued his Pride career with victories over Ikuhisa Minowa and Ricardo Arona, finishing the latter bout with a powerbomb slam and a consecutive head butt by which Jackson rendered Arona unconscious while Arona was trying to lock in a triangle choke on Jackson.

Prior to his rematch with Silva, the notoriously brash Jackson made headlines with the public announcement of his conversion to born again Christianity. In the fight itself, Jackson floored Silva in the opening round and later scored a takedown which led to a series of knees and elbows at the end of the round. Jackson scored another takedown in the second round, but Silva escaped to his feet and proceeded to knock out Jackson with knee strikes to the head for the second time.

Jackson's next two bouts were against Silva's Chute Boxe training camp partners. He won a split decision over Murilo "Ninja" Rua, but fell to Rua's younger brother, Shogun Rua, via TKO in the elimination series of Pride's 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix, where Rua broke several of Jackson's ribs early in the fight and proceeded to win by soccer kicks to Jackson's head.

Jackson was berated by his trainers following the loss to "Shogun". Soon after, Jackson was contacted by veteran boxing and MMA trainer Juanito Ibarra, who saw potential in Jackson's natural abilities but viewed his profane reputation as a downfall. After a short conversation, Jackson entrusted Ibarra, a fellow born again Christian, with the managerial and training direction of his career.

Jackson then earned wins over Hirotaka Yokoi and Yoon Dong-Sik before leaving the Pride organization.

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", Jackson 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 native who got caught in guillotine choke holds twice. Jackson 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.


On December 11, 2006, Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, announced it had acquired select assets from the World Fighting Alliance, which ceased operations as part of their sales agreement. Jackson's WFA contract was one of the assets acquired.

In an interview on the UFC program Inside the UFC, Jackson said it was finally time for him to enter the organization, and that he had not before because of his friendship with UFC fighter Tito Ortiz. Jackson said that because Ortiz was one of the biggest stars in the UFC, and that both were fighters in the same weight class, he did not want to interfere.

Jackson made his UFC debut at UFC 67, where he knocked out Marvin Eastman, avenging an early career loss.

At UFC 71 on May 26, 2007, Jackson faced UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell in a title rematch of their 2003 Pride bout. Approximately 90 seconds into the first round, Jackson caught Liddell with a right hook to the jaw that sent him down to the mat, whereupon Jackson only needed 2 clean shots on the ground for a referee stoppage at 1:53 seconds to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight title.

Jackson then defeated Pride Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson at UFC 75, on September 8, 2007 in London, England via unanimous decision to unify the two organizations' titles.

The Ultimate Fighter 7

On December 9, 2007, it was announced by Dana White at Spike TV's Video Game Awards show that Jackson will be one of the two coaches with Shaun Lehal of The Ultimate Fighter 7 At the conclusion of the season, Jackson fought the other coach and number one contender Forrest Griffin at UFC 86. During the show Jackson showed his temper after his fighters repeatedly lost to Team Forrest. Going into the semifinals, only two of Jackson's original fighters made the cut while Forrest had 6 of his fighters advance. In the finale Team Griffin's pick, Amir Sadollah beat Team Jackson's top fighter C.B. Dollaway via armbar in the first round.

On July 5, 2008, he fought Griffin for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 86 and lost a judges' decision. In the first round of the fight Jackson wobbled Griffin with two solid power punches, and soon after knocking Griffin down. Jackson's power proved to be problematic for Griffin as Jackson tagged him throughout the fight. In contrast, Griffin pushed the pace of the fight from start to finish and stayed much more aggressive than Jackson for most of the fight with multiple leg kicks and by mounting Quinton and landing elbows and punches to his head. In later rounds Jackson managed to take Griffin down twice and work his own ground game, almost executing his signature power bomb. Many took note as Jackson was showing obvious discomfort from the effects of the leg kicks. The next three rounds were described by Sherdog as "somewhat uneventful" with Jackson searching for the knockout punch while Griffin threw whatever he could with long jabs, leg and body kicks. Griffin was awarded a unanimous decision with the scores 46–48, 46–48 and 46–49 in what many considered an upset. After the fight both Griffin and his coach Randy Couture expressed that they thought the fight was close, Jackson's coach, Juanito Ibarra, had planned to protest the unanimous decision with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. However, after speaking with the commission about his complaint, he decided not to file because he was informed that even if the judges scores were changed to his satisfaction, the fight would still result in a victory for Griffin by a majority decision. Soon after the fight, Jackson fired his long time trainer/manager Ibarra. There were talks of an immediate rematch after the fight.

Following the loss of his belt, Quinton was involved in a hit and run incident and a high speed police pursuit in California, following charges to which he would plead guilty.

Back on track

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson counters with a left hook, knocking Wanderlei Silva unconscious at UFC 92.

Jackson began training with sports physician Dr. Carlon Colker for his next fight, at UFC 92, which 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. The fight was notable for some controversy surrounding the conclusion of the match, as Jackson followed Silva to the ground with another three punches before referee Yves Lavigne called the fight. Yves was unsuccessful at protecting Silva from the second and third punches.

Jackson's next fight was 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 then 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. Jackson was on track to get his title shot but lingering injuries kept him from fighting. Lyoto Machida received the title shot and Evans was expected to defend his belt as the main event instead; Jackson had stated he would like to fight Rashad, however, he suffered torn ligaments in his jaw that will require surgery and five weeks of no contact. Therefore, Lyoto Machida replaced Jackson, and Jackson was expected to fight the winner of the Machida vs. Evans bout, though that fight never came to fruition.

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights

Production of the tenth series of The Ultimate Fighter reality series began in June 2009 with Jackson coaching opposite former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. The season, featuring 16 heavyweight competitors including internet street fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, the former IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy "Big Country" Nelson and former NFL players, made its premiere on Spike TV on September 16 with the finale scheduled for December 5.

Jackson drew criticism for his actions in his second stint as an Ultimate Fighter coach. His actions included his constant verbal abuse of opposing team member Darrill Schoonover, his refusal to enter the ring to support his fighters after a loss and his general lack of coaching skills leading to shouting unhelpful or obvious instructions such as "Get up." These actions and Jackson's poor coaching skills potentially led to his team losing the first seven fights of the season.

Retirement and return

On September 22, 2009, Jackson wrote in a blog on his website that he is "done fighting", due to maltreatment by the UFC. On December 4, 2009, Jackson informed the community via his web blog that he will return to the UFC to finish his contract and wants to fight Rashad Evans. At the UFC 107 press conference, Dana White said that if Rashad Evans could defeat Thiago Silva at UFC 108, then a fight between Evans and Jackson would finally come to fruition.

Jackson was expected to finally face Rashad Evans at UFC 113, but the bout is now scheduled for May 29, 2010 at UFC 114. UFC President Dana White has officially confirmed that the fight against Rashad Evans will determine who will challenge Mauricio Rua in his first UFC Light Heavyweight Title defense.

On March 24, 2010, Dana White announced that Jackson signed a new six fight contract with the UFC.

Acting career

Jackson has appeared in Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Miss March, Bad Guys and The Midnight Meat Train, as well as an episode of The King of Queens, Jackass and Pimp My Ride. He is also set to appear in Never Surrender, Duel of Legends, Death Warrior, and The A-Team. He also appeared in the Nike commercial, "Human Chain".

Personal life

Jackson resides in Irvine, California and has four children: D'Angelo and Raja from previous relationships and Elijah and Naname Nakia Jackson with his wife, Yuki. All three boys have the middle name "Rampage" while Naname has just "'Page". Jackson's wife, Yuki, separated from him in 2006 after a blood test proved that he had fathered a child, Raja, with another woman in 2000. Quinton and his wife have since reconciled.


On July 15, 2008, 10 days after losing his belt to Forrest Griffin, Jackson was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony reckless driving, and felony hit and run after striking several vehicles. He led pursuing officers on a chase while driving on the wrong side of the street and on city sidewalks in his lifted Ford F-350 with his picture painted on the side. During the chase one of the tires blew out on his truck and he continued to flee while driving on his rims. On July 18, 2008, UFC President Dana White gave an interview to Yahoo! Sports in which he said that Jackson had initially been detained for a 72 hour stay, but that had been extended. White was quoted as saying, "I think it's going to be a while before we get him back." White also claimed that before the detainment, Jackson did not sleep for four days, had not been eating, and had only been drinking energy drinks and became mentally ill from dehydration. According to White, no drugs were found in Jackson's system.

Quinton Jackson has been charged with one felony count of evading police while driving recklessly, one felony count of evading police and driving against traffic, three misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage, and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving when he nearly hit several pedestrians. If convicted, Jackson would face up to 3 years in prison.

On August 28, 2008 Jackson pleaded not guilty to the above 2 felonies and 4 misdemeanors; however, on January 8, 2009 he pleaded guilty to one felony count of evading a police officer and driving against traffic and one misdemeanor count of driving recklessly as part of a plea agreement. A judge dismissed the charges against Jackson on January 8, 2010 citing that he had successfully completed 200 hours of community service and complied with other terms and conditions.

Holly Griggs is one of the victims in the above police chase. She filed a civil suit against Jackson alleging "the impact of her abdomen with the steering wheel caused her amniotic fluid membranes (bag of waters) to rupture, ultimately resulting in the stillbirth of her baby." She is asking for $25,000 in damages for "property damage, personal injury and emotional distress. Farrah Emami, Spokesperson for the DA's office said "We reviewed all the medical records and spoke with the victim's physician, and the evidence showed that the loss of the fetus was not related to or a result of the crash caused by the defendant".

Championships and awards


Year Title Film/Television Role Other notes
2010 The A-Team Film Sgt. Bosco Baracus
Lead Role
2009 The Ultimate Fighter 10 Reality Television Himself

2009 Hell's Chain Film Jackson

2009 Never Surrender Film Rampage

2009 Miss March Film Himself
2008 Death Warrior Film Wolf

2008 The Midnight Meat Train Film Guardian Angel

2008 The Ultimate Fighter 7 Reality Television Himself
2008 Bad Guys Film Leroy Johnson
2007 Sports Science Television Himself
Episode "Hardest Hits"
2006 The King of Queens Television Priority Plus Driver
Episode "Fight Schlub"
2005 Confessions of a Pit Fighter Film Fighter
2005 Nagurimono Film Himself

Mixed martial arts record

Result↓ Record↓ Opponent↓ Method↓ Event↓ Date↓ Round↓ Time↓ Location↓ Notes↓

United States Rashad Evans
UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans 02010-05-29 May 29, 2010

United States Las Vegas, Nevada To determine the #1 contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 30–7 United States Keith Jardine Decision (Unanimous) UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine 02009-03-07 March 7, 2009 3 5:00 United States Columbus, Ohio Won Fight of the Night
Win 29–7 Brazil Wanderlei Silva KO (Punch) UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 02008-12-27 December 27, 2008 1 3:21 United States Las Vegas, NV Won Knock Out of the Night
Loss 28–7 United States Forrest Griffin Decision (Unanimous) UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin 02008-07-05 July 5, 2008 5 5:00 United States Las Vegas, NV Lost UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Won Fight of the Night; Wrestling Observer Newsletter Fight of the Year
Win 28–6 United States Dan Henderson Decision (Unanimous) UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion 02007-09-08 September 8, 2007 5 5:00 England London, England Defended UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, Unified Pride Middleweight Championship into UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 27–6 United States Chuck Liddell TKO (Punches) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson 02007-05-26 May 26, 2007 1 1:53 United States Las Vegas, NV Won UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Won KO of the Night
Win 26–6 United States Marvin Eastman KO (Punches) UFC 67: All or Nothing 02007-02-03 February 3, 2007 2 3:49 United States Las Vegas, NV UFC Debut
Win 25–6 United States Matt Lindland Decision (Split) WFA: King of the Streets 02006-07-22 July 22, 2006 3 5:00 United States California, US
Win 24–6 South Korea Dong Sik Yoon Decision (Unanimous) Pride 31: Dreamers 02006-02-26 February 26, 2006 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 23–6 Japan Hirotaka Yokoi TKO (Strikes) Pride 30: Fully Loaded 02005-10-23 October 23, 2005 1 4:05 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 22–6 Brazil Mauricio Rua TKO (Soccer Kicks) Pride Total Elimination 2005 02005-04-23 April 23, 2005 1 4:47 Japan Osaka, Japan Middleweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final
Win 22–5 Brazil Murilo Rua Decision (Split) Pride 29: Fists Of Fire 02005-02-20 February 20, 2005 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 21–5 Brazil Wanderlei Silva KO (Knees) Pride 28: High Octane 02004-10-31 October 31, 2004 2 3:26 Japan Saitama, Japan For Pride Middleweight Championship
Win 21–4 Brazil Ricardo Arona KO (Slam) Pride Critical Countdown 2004 02004-06-20 June 20, 2004 1 7:32 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 20–4 Japan Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (Knee to face) Pride Shockwave 2003 02003-12-31 December 31, 2003 2 1:05 Japan Saitama, Japan
Loss 19–4 Brazil Wanderlei Silva TKO (Knees) Pride Final Conflict 2003 02003-11-09 November 9, 2003 1 6:28 Japan Tokyo, Japan Middleweight Grand Prix Final
Win 19–3 United States Chuck Liddell TKO (Corner Stoppage) Pride Final Conflict 2003 02003-11-09 November 9, 2003 2 3:10 Japan Tokyo, Japan Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Final
Win 18–3 Brazil Murilo Bustamante Decision (Split) Pride Total Elimination 2003 02003-08-10 August 10, 2003 3 5:00 Japan Saitama, Japan Middleweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final
Win 17–3 Russia Mikhail Illoukhine Submission (Knees) Pride 26: Bad to the Bone 02003-06-08 June 8, 2003 1 6:26 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–3 United States Kevin Randleman TKO (Strikes) Pride 25 Body Blow 02003-03-16 March 16, 2003 1 6:58 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Win 15–3 Ukraine Igor Vovchanchyn Submission (Injury) Pride 22: Beasts From The East 2 02002-09-29 September 29, 2002 1 7:17 Japan Nagoya, Japan
Win 14–3 United States Sean Gray TKO (Punches) KOTC 13: Revolution 02002-05-17 May 17, 2002 3 0:37 United States Reno, Nevada
Win 13–3 Japan Masaaki Satake TKO (Injury from Slam) Pride 20: Armed and Ready 02002-04-28 April 28, 2002 1 7:07 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Loss 12–3 Japan Daijiro Matsui DQ (Knee to Groin) Pride 18: Cold Fury 2 02001-12-23 December 23, 2001 1 0:14 Japan Fukuoka, Japan
Win 12–2 Japan Yuki Ishikawa KO (Punches) Pride 17: Championship Chaos 02001-11-03 November 3, 2001 1 1:52 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–2 Japan Alexander Otsuka TKO (Doctor Stoppage) BattlArts – BattlArts vs. the World 02001-10-14 October 14, 2001 2 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 10–2 Japan Kazushi Sakuraba Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pride 15: Raging Rumble 02001-07-29 July 29, 2001 1 5:41 Japan Saitama, Japan
Win 10–1 Kenneth Williams Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Gladiator Challenge 4 02001-06-17 June 17, 2001 1 4:40 United States California, US
Win 9–1 United States Bryson Howvreck Submission (Strikes) KOTC 8: Bombs Away 02001-04-29 April 29, 2001 1 1:48 United States California, US
Win 8–1 Rocko Henderson Submission (Kimura) Gladiator Challenge 3 02001-04-07 April 7, 2001 2 1:15 United States California, US
Win 7–1 Dave Taylor TKO (Towel Thrown Between Rounds) Gladiator Challenge 2 02001-02-18 February 18, 2001 1 5:00 United States California, US
Win 6–1 Charlie West Decision Gladiator Challenge 1 02000-12-09 December 9, 2000 2 5:00 United States California, US
Win 5–1 United States Rob Smith Decision (Unanimous) KOTC 6: Road Warriors 02000-11-29 November 29, 2000 2 5:00 United States Michigan, US
Win 4–1 Warren Owsley Submission (Armbar) Dangerzone – Night of the Beast 02000-10-28 October 28, 2000 1 6:04 United States Virginia, US
Win 3–1 Ron Rumpf TKO (Punches) CFA 2: Continental Freefighting Alliance 2 02000-07-19 July 19, 2000 1 1:18 United States United States
Loss 2–1 United States Marvin Eastman Decision (Unanimous) KOTC 4–Gladiators 02000-06-24 June 24, 2000 2 5:00 United States San Jacinto, CA
Win 2–0 United States Marco Bermudaz Submission (Rear Naked Choke) HBUP: Huntington Beach Underground Pancrase 02000-05-13 May 13, 2000 2 7:17 United States California, US
Win 1–0 United States Mike Pyle Decision ISCF – Memphis 01999-11-13 November 13, 1999 N/A
United States Tennessee, US

Kickboxing record

2 Wins (1 (T)KO, 1 Decision), 0 losses
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
2002-12-31 Win France Cyril Abidi Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2002-07-14 Win France Cyril Abidi K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan KO (Punch) 1 1:55

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1 comment:

Thomas said...

Rampage Jackson is truly the ultimate fighter - even though he's on the downside of his career, he's still got quite a few power punches left in him. I been rooting for 'Page since PRIDE, and will continue to support the black samurai in Bellator and beyond.

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