With Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s long-running UFC career coming to a close this Saturday, I thought it would be nice to take a quick look back at his career to date.
Jackson stared his fighting career as a star wrestler. After high school, Jackson considered a career in professional wrestling, where he would adopt the moniker “Rampage Action Jackson”.
But Jackson decided to pursue MMA. Jackson’s rise to MMA stardom began in the now-defunct Pride, where he enjoyed an good amount of success and truly started to craft a name. After five years in Pride, Jackson said “Sayonara Pride; I’m going to the UFC.”
Jackson made his UFC debut at UFC 67, defeating Marvin Eastman. Jackson continued an electrifying career by defeating the legendary Chuck Liddell and becoming the Light Heavyweight Champion. Jackson was then given the task of being The Ultimate Fighter 7 coach, against Forrest Griffin. Jackson’s rampaging attitude became evident after showing much anger against his losing fighters.
Jackson lost his title to Griffin at UFC 86; from there, Jackson started to fall apart. After his title loss, he was involved in a hit and run accident, where he pled guilty. Jackson rose from the ashes and continued his career by defeating an old rival, Wanderlei Silva.
Jackson announced his retirement, but returned only to lose to Rashad Evans and then Ryan Badder. Jackson is expected to face Glover Teixeira, this Friday at UFC on Fox 6.
Jackson’s MMA career has had its ups and downs so far, but ultimately he has showed the brutal honesty of a warrior in any man. Now out of the UFC picture, he will look to continue his MMA career as a free agent (with Bellator apparently interested), armed with a new sponsorship deal with Reebok.