Quinton Jackson is an American mixed martial artist, actor and retired professional wrestler.
Let’s see some intriguing facts about him!
1. Quinton Ramone “Rampage” Jackson was born June 20, 1978.
2. He is from Memphis, Tennessee and had a difficult childhood, as he began selling drugs from a young age and was involved in many street fights.
3. Jackson also had a dysfunctional family, as his drug-addicted father disappeared when Jackson was only 10 years old, before returning to his life in 2003.
4. Jackson had his first experience with combat sports as a wrestler for Raleigh-Egypt High School, enrolling at the school as a 17-year-old freshman, where his career included All-State honors in his senior year after finishing fifth in the state tournament at 189 pounds.
5. In high school Jackson also befriended fellow Bellator Light Heavyweight Jacob Noe, a karate practitioner who taught Jackson striking techniques, in exchange for wrestling techniques. Originally, Jackson intended to pursue a career in professional wrestling after graduating high school, but ultimately extended his amateur wrestling career at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California before being expelled after a fight with a teammate.
6. After discovering mixed martial arts, Jackson trained in Las Vegas with BAMMA fighter Lewis Rumble.
7. Impressed by the success of other wrestlers in MMA, Jackson decided to try his own hand at the sport.
8. Jackson built up a 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.
9. Jackson’s successful first MMA Title shot against Rocko Hammerhands Henderson proved to be the beginning of many upsets.
10. Japan’s Pride organization in 2001 marketed Jackson as being a homeless person. 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.
11. Jackson lost due to a rear naked choke from Sakuraba. 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.
12. 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.
13. Around this time, Jackson began shouting his intentions to capture the Pride Middleweight (205 lb/93 kg) title from Wanderlei Silva.
14. On May 16, 2006, the World Fighting Alliance announced it had signed Jackson to a multi-fight deal.
15. 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.
16. 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, where Jackson landed a few more clean shots on the ground before a referee stoppage at 1:53 seconds to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight title.
17. 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 of The Ultimate Fighter 7.
18. Following the loss of his belt, Quinton was involved in a hit and run incident and a high speed police pursuit in Newport Beach, California, charges followed to which he would plead guilty.
19. Jackson began training for his next fight at UFC 92, which would be against Wanderlei Silva, the only man to defeat 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.
20. In September 22, 2009, Jackson wrote in a blog on his website that he was “done fighting”, due to maltreatment by the UFC.
21. In December 20, 2014, during the main card broadcast of UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway, it was announced that Jackson had signed a new deal to return to the UFC.
22. Following his lone fight for Zuffa, it was announced on February 16, 2016 that Jackson had settled the contractual disputes with Bellator MMA and would be returning to the promotion.
23. Jackson fought Satoshi Ishii on June 24, 2016 at Bellator 157. He won via split decision.
24. Jackson will face Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 175 on March 31, 2017.
25. Jackson resides in Ladera Ranch and has four children: D’Angelo (otherwise known as Darnell) and Raja from previous relationships, and Elijah and Naname Nakia Jackson with his wife, Yuki.
26. All three boys have the middle name of Rampage, while Naname has Page. Yuki separated from him in 2006 after a paternity test proved that he had fathered a child, Raja, with another woman in 2000. Jackson and his wife reconciled but have since divorced.
27. Jackson suffers from low testosterone and undergoes testosterone replacement therapy.
28. In 2010, Jackson lived in Merseyside in the United Kingdom.
29. He is a supporter of Everton F.C..
30. He is an avid gamer, and streams in his free time on the streaming site Twitch.tv.