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Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was born June 20, 1979. As a mixed martial arts fighter he has become well know for trademark slams and extremely powerful overhand strikes. His rather colorful personality have also become quite well known. Jackson first became interested in combat sports when he participated as a wrester at Raleigh Egypt High School. His career there was quite successful and he won several All-State honors as well as finishing 5th at the Tennessee State Tournament when he was a senior. Although he had originally intended to pursue a professional career in wrestling after graduating, Jackson eventually elected to pursue an amateur career in junior college. His discovery of mixed martial arts would change all of that. Before long he built up an impressive record, fighting at small scale promotions.

It would ultimately turn out to be Japan's PRIDE Fighting championship that would allow Jackson to begin the rise to fame in mixed martial arts; however. Although he had previous been unknown, he was matched at PRIDE 15 against Kazushi Sakuraba. At the time, Sakuraba was the most prominent domestic fighter in PRIDE. Throughout the match Jackson was taken down several times by Sakuraba; however, he remained undaunted. His wrestling ability and sheer strength turned off to pay off well in his efforts to fight off choke attempts as well as joint-locks delivered by Sakuraba. Finally he was forced to succumb to a rear naked choke but the power of his performance brought him much attention.

As a result, he was invited back for PRIDE 17 and scored a KO victory over Yuki Ishikawa. Unfortunately, he was later disqualified for an accidental low blow. Despite this; however, he began to rise to prominence and achieved several notable wins. Speculation began that Jackson could be the number one contender to take the belt from Wanderlei Silva. Tension began to rise almost immediately between Silva and Jackson. Matters were not helped when Jackson made it publicly known that he was, in fact, after the other fighter's belt. That incident ended in a near brawl.

Jackson faltered in the opening round of the PRIDE 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix; however, he returned at the PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 and scored a win during the semi-finals over Chuck Liddell. This win moved him along to the finals of the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix in which he fought against Silva in what would become known as the fight of the year. What ensued was a ground and pound assault. A stand-up had to be eventually called by the referee and Jackson was later TKO'd.

Later, he defeated both Ricardo Arona and Ikuhisa Minowa; with Arona being rendered unconscious. The bout with Arona served to determine who would challenge Wanderlei Silva. During that match Jackson floored Wanderlei during the first round and went on to score a takedown. During the second round he scored another takedown; however, Wanderlei recovered quickly. Since that time he has scored several notable wins in addition to holding an extensive kickboxing career.
 

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