Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson


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Quinton Ramone Jackson (born June 20, 1978), is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler[1] and actor. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is currently signed to multi-year deal with the partnership of Spike TV, Bellator MMA and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, United States, Jackson had his first taste of combat sports as a wrestler for Raleigh-Egypt High School, where his successful career included All-State honors. Originally, Jackson intended to pursue a career in professional wrestling after graduating high school, but ultimately extended his amateur career at the junior college level. After discovering mixed martial arts, Jackson trained in Las Vegas with BAMMA fighter Lewis Rumble.

Born Quinton Ramone Jackson
June 20, 1978 (age 35)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Other names Rampage
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Irvine, California, U.S.
Team Team Oyama
Team Punishment
Wolfslair MMA Academy
Rampage Fitness Academy Team
Trainer Colin Oyama
Lance Gibson
Years active 1999–present
Kickboxing record
Total 2
Wins 2
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 43
Wins 32
By knockout 14
By submission 7
By decision 11
Losses 11
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 5
By disqualification 1
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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 10 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[edit source | editbeta]
Japan's Pride organization in 2001 marketed Jackson as being a homeless person.[3] 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.[4] 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. Jackson captivated the Japanese fans with his exciting performance and also gained their respect and admiration for his valiant effort against the much more experienced Sakuraba.
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 a 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.[citation needed] 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.[5] 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 that 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.[citation needed] Jackson laid a lot of criticism to rest by once again defeating Abidi, this time not by early knockout, but via a clear decision.[citation needed] It would be Jackson's last foray with kickboxing, as he returned to full-time MMA competition after his second win over Abidi.
Rivalry with Wanderlei Silva[edit source | editbeta]
See also: Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson
Around this time, Jackson began stating his intentions to capture the Pride Middleweight (205 lb/93 kg) 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.[who?] After taking Wanderlei Silva down and bloodying him, a stand-up was called by the referee and Jackson was stopped with a series of heavy knees to the head, leading to a referee stoppage.

Jackson continued his Pride career with a TKO victory over Ikuhisa Minowa at Pride Shockwave 2003. He then faced Ricardo Arona at Pride Critical Countdown 2004 with the winner to face Wanderlei Silva. Late in the first round Arona caught Jackson in a triangle choke, Jackson immediately picked up Arona and powerbombed him into the canvas earning the KO win.
Prior to his rematch with Silva, Jackson made headlines with the public announcement of his conversion to be a Christian. 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 multiple undefended knee strikes to the head.
Jackson fought Silva again at UFC 92 winning by knockout when he caught Silva with a left hook to the head.
Final bouts with Pride Fighting Championships[edit source | editbeta]
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 soccer kicks to the head [6][7]
Soon after his loss to Shogun, 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 defeated Hirotaka Yokoi via TKO at Pride 30. In his final fight for Pride he won a unanimous decision over Yoon Dong-Sik at Pride 31.


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Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson ordered off UFC card as tug-of-war with Bellator rages on in court

A New Jersey Superior Court judge has granted Bellator MMA a preliminary injunction that will keep Quinton "Rampage" Jackson from participating in the co-main event of UFC 186 later this month.

The news adds another twist in Jackson's ongoing saga as he tries to return to the place where he won light heavyweight gold at UFC 71 in 2007 when he knocked out hall of famer Chuck Liddell in the first round.

And clearly 'Rampage' isn't too keen on the latest development.

"Smart move Bellator!" Jackson wrote on Instagram. "Go to a small town where your company knows the judge to get a [judgment] to [piss off] your customers. #aintworriedboutnothing."

The UFC, meanwhile, released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon, and seemingly appears to be weighing its own options after Tuesday's ruling.

"UFC has been advised of the New Jersey state court’s ruling in the matter between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Bellator MMA. The UFC organization was surprised about the ruling because Mr. Jackson represented to UFC on multiple occasions that he was free to negotiate and contract with UFC. The UFC organization is also surprised that Bellator sat on its alleged rights for months before taking action.

UFC understands that Mr. Jackson is considering an emergency appeal, and UFC is also considering action to protect its rights and minimize damages regarding this matter. UFC 186 in Montreal, Canada will proceed as planned and UFC is currently evaluating its fight card options."

Since leaving the UFC in early 2013 after suffering three consecutive losses, Jackson made the jump to the Viacom-owned rival Bellator.

In Bellator, Rampage managed to put together three consecutive wins; two of which were back-to-back knockout victories – something he hadn't managed since his championship run in 2007.

Then, after seemingly everything was copacetic with his new employer, rumblings began surfacing in Rampage's camp about increasing resentment – a main point of contention was said to be a planned reality show that was mishandled, among other things.

When Jackson signed with Bellator, the chairman and CEO was Bjorn Rebney. Apparently Jackson enjoyed working with Rebney, because when former Strikeforce founder Scott Coker was handed the reigns in 2014 after Rebney's departure, Jackson's attitude began to sour.

By December he had made his intentions clear, and announced that he was cancelling his contract with Bellator, and would be returning to the UFC after, what he claimed, were multiple breaches in his contract.

"After five months of grueling negotiations and gray-area contract talks with Bellator MMA and parent-company Viacom, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson officially terminates his contract with the up-and-coming promotion citing multiple breaches since the removal of President and Founder Bjorn Rebney. Jackson exercises a clause in the agreement that allows for a 45-day window to satisfy any contract dispute. Bellator MMA, failing to fulfill the requests of Jackson, was put on notice, failed to respond and eventually notified that negotiations were officially terminated."

Jackson's jump was a surprise to Scott Coker, and the new president released a statement maintaining that Bellator would fight back. On March 4, a suit was filed by Bellator alleging that the UFC and Jackson were violating an existing contract. Jackson, 36, was booked for his UFC return fight against Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 on April 25. Now, with the New Jersey judge's ruling, Jackson has been removed from the card as his career is further tied up in litigation.

It is surprising that the saga of the aging legend has taken as many turns as it has these last few years (losing streaks, winning streaks, new promotions). But, perhaps, what is even more surprising is the fact that the UFC (and their large team of litigators) would agree contractually with Jackson if he was still under contract with Bellator. Did they just take Jackson’s word for it, as the UFC's statement seemingly implies, or did they truly believe Bellator was in breach?

From the start, the Rampage Bellator/UFC saga has seemed largely like a bad sitcom divorce. Now, these two promotions seem determined to battle it out in a courtroom.


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Quinton Jackson is back on the UFC 186 card after a judge in New Jersey’s appellate division overturned Bellator MMA’s injunction against the fighter.

The UFC confirmed the ruling on Tuesday through a release.

"We are happy with the decision from the New Jersey Court allowing Rampage to fight in Montreal this Saturday night,” UFC President Dana White said. “I am looking forward to seeing Rampage back in the Octagon."

Approximately two weeks ago, Karen Suter, a judge with the chancery division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, granted Bellator a preliminary injunction against “Rampage” to prevent him from fighting on Saturday’s card. Jackson’s team was able to successfully appeal the ruling, however.

“We are gratified that the Appellate Division did not disturb part of the Chancery Division order enjoining Jackson, but are disappointed that they reversed the injunction as to the April 25 fight,” Bellator MMA said in a statement. “We continue to believe that Judge Suter’s decision was thorough, well reasoned and correct, and are evaluating our options.”

Jackson will face Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event at UFC 186, which takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is headlined by a flyweight title showdown between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. Jackson and Maldonado will compete at a 215-pound catch-weight, according to the release.

Steve Bosse, who was originally tabbed to replace Jackson against Maldonado on the card, will no longer compete at UFC 186.

Jackson posted a 3-0 mark in Bellator MMA, with victories over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu and Muhammed Lawal. He later claimed that Bellator did not fulfill all the provisions of his contract, allowing him to terminate the deal and sign with the UFC. Jackson last appeared in the Octagon at UFC on Fox 6, dropping a unanimous decision to Glover Teixeira.


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Quinton Jackson Returns to Bellator MMA Following ‘Amicable Agreement’

Bellator MMA’s light heavyweight division just got a little bit more interesting.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be returning to the Bellator “following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties,” according to a statement released by the California-based promotion on Tuesday. A timetable for Jackson’s return to action was not given.

Jackson initially signed with Bellator in 2013 and won three straight fights under the promotion’s banner before announcing that he had terminated his contract in December 2014. Bellator then filed a preliminary injunction to prevent “Rampage” from fighting in the UFC, but that ruling was eventually overturned, allowing the ex-light heavyweight king to compete at UFC 186 in April 2015.

While Jackson said that terms of his original Bellator deal were not fulfilled, he reportedly received a number of lucrative provisions, including a 2013 Tesla Sport worth $129,00, a $100,000 signing bonus and guaranteed fight purses beginning at $200,000. He also received a $200,000 bonus from Bellator’s first-ever pay-per-view offering even though it did not exceed 190,000 buys as his contract stipulated. Exact terms of Jackson’s new Bellator deal were not disclosed.

Jackson has not competed since taking a unanimous decision over Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186. He owns wins over Muhammed Lawal, Christian M’Pumbu and Joey Beltran in Bellator. The 37-year-old is 36-11 as a professional overall.


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December 28, 2019
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan
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as old as they are for fighters there will be bombs thrown in that ring that night...

Id be more hyped about this then a bhop roy jones fight....

even though Im gonna peep both....