Quinton Jackson prepared himself from the age of 17 to earn his living by knockout situations. Famous for his tough fighting skills, this American mixed martial artist was also once a professional wrestler, and his performances in the ring have proven that he is not a man to be insulted.
Already in 2007, the Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Famer was named the most outstanding fighter and fighter of the year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Sherdog. His other achievements include not only winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and combining that with the Pride World Championship title in Middleweight, no wonder he was nicknamed “Rampage”.
Mr. Rampage has also proven himself as an actor by appearing in a variety of television productions and a handful of movies. As an actor, he is probably best known for his portrayal of the matador in the 2005 martial arts action movie Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Guardian Angel in the 2008 horror movie The Midnight Meat Train, B. A. Baracus in the 2010 version of the 1980s television series The A-Team, and most recently as Wolfman in Vigilante Diaries, a 2016 action movie that didn’t make a significant splash.
Regardless of this, there are other things you should know about Quinton Jackson; below are some of the most important facts about the man’s life.
Facts To Know about Quinton Jackson
His Age and Early Life
It was June 20, 1978, and in Memphis, Tennessee, this fighter was born – his name was Quinton Ramone Jackson. As the story goes, Jackson had a difficult childhood and was introduced to the art of fighting as he was involved in several street fights; he even sold drugs. This is not surprising since his father was a drug addict. The man left his 10-year-old son for reasons that were best known to him.
The Promotions and Organisations He’s Been With
As far as we know, Quinton Jackson’s involvement with martial arts began when he was still at Raleigh-Egypt High School. He was a wrestler, and his aggressive style made him a tough opponent. It was no surprise when he became a senior member of the All-State Team. Jackson toyed with the idea of becoming a professional wrestler when he finished high school, but as fate would have it, he was just an amateur wrestler at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California, where he was rusticated for fighting a teammate.
Mixed martial arts soon attracted his attention, and he continued to satisfy this interest by fighting and setting good records with a handful of small promotions in America. He soon found himself at the Pride Fighting Championships in Japan, where he finished second in the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix, among other events. Sometime in 2006, he joined the World Fighting Alliance, which soon linked him to Zuffa, a subsidiary of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).
It was only a matter of time before he made his debut with the UFC 67. He soon won the UFC light heavyweight title and beat Dan Henderson, who, as Pride middleweight champion, combined both titles. His spell with the UFC lasted until September 2009, when he suddenly announced that he was fed up with fighting.
Why He Retired In September 2009
The only reason Rampage gave for his sudden resignation was that he was mistreated by the UFC. He announced his resignation on his blog in September 2009. Even before the year ended, on December 4th, the fighter announced his resignation again. He did, but he fought throughout the year.
In June 2013, he moved to Bellator MMA, where he was back in action. The following year, he controversially returned to the UFC. A contractual dispute followed, which led him to return to Bellator MMA in February 2016.
In the meantime, between 2013 and 2014, Quinton Jackson had a professional wrestling career at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Quinton Jackson’s Love Life – Wife and Children
Jackson was once married to Yuki Jackson, with whom he sired a son (Elijah) and a daughter (Naname Nakia). Apart from his children with Yuki he had two sons (D’Angelo and Raja) from the affairs he had after his marriage.
His relationship with Yuki began to deteriorate in 2006 after it became known that he was Raja’s father. They tried to find a solution but finally gave up the marriage.
He’s Been Suicidal
As early as 2014, the fierce fighter had the police chasing after him as he ruthlessly evaded arrest. He caused chaos during the chase and attracted the wrath of the law when 3 years of imprisonment were hanging around his neck.
Fortunately, fate was friendly with him, as the charges against him were dropped after he had served the community for 200 hours without violating the established conditions.
Later, Jackson commented on his wild and reckless driving and claimed he was in a hurry to reach a friend who would talk him out of taking his own life.