After a rough childhood, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson first discovered wrestling in high school, where he earned all-state honors in his senior year. It was there when he met Jacob Noe, who taught him striking moves in exchange for wrestling ones. Jackson went to Lassen Community College to continue his wrestling career but was kicked off the team after a fight with a teammate. Jackson discovered MMA and began training in Las Vegas.
Jackson debuted in 1999 with a decision win over Mike Pyle. He racked up a 10-1 record, and the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Championship, before being signed to PRIDE. Jackson competed in the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix, defeating Murilo Bustamante in the quarterfinals, and UFC superstar Chuck Liddell in the semifinals before coming up short to Wanderlei Silva in the finals. Jackson met Silva again at PRIDE 28 with the PRIDE Middleweight Title on the line, but Silva won by TKO in the first round.
After a win over Matt Lindland in the WFA in 2006, Jackson signed with the UFC, making his UFC debut at UFC 67 with a win over Marvin Eastman. At UFC 71, Jackson challenged Liddell for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title, winning the championship after knocking out Liddell in less than two minutes. A few months later, Jackson retained the title against Dan Henderson in a title unification bout that unified the UFC Light Heavyweight Title and PRIDE Middleweight Title. Jackson lost the title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 in a fight named Fight of the Year for 2008.
Jackson avenged his two PRIDE losses to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92 with a knockout victory. Jackson attempted to regain the UFC Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 135, losing to Jon Jones.
In 2013, Jackson departed the UFC and signed with Bellator. Jackson went on to win the Season 10 Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament, but he signed with the UFC once more in early 2015 after a contract dispute with Bellator. Jackson defeated Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186 in 2015 before signing with Bellator once more.
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