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Rampage Jackson

Rampage Jackson with his customary 'victory wolf howl', presumably after defeating Chuck Liddell or Marvin Eastman.

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson is the former UFC light-heavyweight champion and the only man to defeat Chuck Liddell twice and by dominant stoppage, no less. He was the coach on the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show against TUF alumni and title challenger Forrest Griffin and he also coached on the tenth season of the show against fellow former champion Rashad Evans.

The Twilight of "Rampage" Inside The UFCEdit

He faced Evans for a title shot against newly crowned champion Mauricio Rua. Evans defeated Jackson via a dominant unanimous decision that didn't live up to the hype nearly. If Jackson had won the fight, it would have been a rematch versus Rua in a fight that Jackson lost brutally the first go-around.

Just days after the loss to Rashad, Jackson is already rumored to have agreed to face another former champion, Lyoto Machida, in one of the UFC's September events. He dispelled that rumor and instead agreed to a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the same card.

Once again, Jackson changed his mind and he faced Machida, in November. Jackson won a controversial split decision over the former champion. He was next set to face brutal hard-hitter Thiago Silva. Silva tested positive for drugs about a month after UFC 125 and he was replaced with Rashad Evans in a rematch of the fight between Evans and Jackson. The fight was unsatisfactory in some way to the UFC management, and Matt Hamill was pulled from his fight with Phil Davis to face Jackson. Jackson defeated Hamill via unanimous decision.

With the win, Jackson finally earned his second shot at the UFC light-heavyweight title. He next faced champion Jon Jones. Jones dominated Jackson completely en route to a fourth-round rear-naked choke submission victory. It was the first time that 'Rampage' Jackson had been finished in the UFC and only the second time he had ever been submitted. After the loss, Jackson was humble in defeat and stated his desire to fight in a rematch against fellow former champion and Pride veteran Mauricio Rua on the UFC's long-awaited return card in Japan. Jackson also stated a desire to soon walk away from MMA and enter boxing.

Instead Jackson next signed to return to his roots in the UFC's Japan event, facing Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader. Bader defeated Jackson via an upset unanimous decision. Jackson was again humble in defeat and he once again called out Mauricio Rua for a rematch. This time 'Shogun' Rua accepted. Unfortunately Jackson had to undergo a double knee surgery because of twin knee injuries: one suffered in the fight against Jon Jones and one in training afterwards.

Jackson faced Chuck Liddell protege and prospect Glover Teixeira in his final UFC fight in January 2013, declaring that he was done with the way the UFC and its fans had been treating him. Teixeira defeated Jackson via a relatively exciting  and certainly impressive unanimous decision.

Moving On: BellatorEdit

Jackson was inactive for several months afterwards contemplating retirement amidst rumors of signing with such promotions as Bellator and One FC. Jackson finally did sign with Bellator in early June 2013. Jackson also signed for a joint contract with Bellator's Spike TV partner TNA Wrestling, following in the footsteps of former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion and rival Muhammed Lawal.

Jackson's first Spike TV/Viacom/Bellator commitment would be signing for a rumored boxing match against living legend Roy Jones, Jr.

Instead he next signed to make his Bellator debut against fellow newcomer and former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in the headliner of the first Bellator pay-per-view. Jackson said that he was serious about the comeback.

Instead Ortiz was injured a mere few days before the fight was set to take place and as a result the entire fight card was switched to being free and live on Spike TV. Ortiz was ridiculed in tweets by former boss and UFC president Dana White. It was unfortunate for Jackson who still had something left in the tank as evidenced by his strict preparation.

Kickboxer Tyrone Spong offered to step in to fight Jackson. Instead Jackson signed to finally make his Bellator debut two events later against fellow newcomer and UFC veteran Joey Beltran. Jackson knocked out Beltran in the closing seconds of the first round.

Jackson next signed to fight former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu in the quarterfinals of the season ten light-heavyweight tournament. Jackson knocked out M'Pumbu near the end of the first round.

Jackson then fought former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal in the main event of the first Bellator pay-per-view. Jackson defeated Lawal via a close and controversial unanimous decision.

Jackson then left Bellator amongst the turmoil of Bellator president Bjorn Rebney being ousted from the promotion.

Back In The UFCEdit

Jackson soon made a surprise return to the UFC, signing in January 2015 to fight concrete-chinned brawler and fan favorite. Fabio Maldonado. The fight was briefly scrapped after Bellator filed an injunction but four days before the event, the fight was back on.

FightsEdit

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