Six UFC Career-Changing Left Hooks

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-Rampage-Jackson-vs-Wanderlei-Silva-mma-3376218-550-367‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva 3

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson made a name for himself in Pride Fighting Championships, defeating almost every foe put in front of him. Despite a stellar record, however, he was never able to win a world title. His lone shot at Pride gold (outside of a tournament setting) was against Chute Boxe product Wanderlei Silva, a man he also faced two years prior in the finals of the 2003 middleweight grand-prix. Silva trounced Jackson on both occasions, one of which left the Tennessee native unconscious, while face down outside of the ring.

Looking to exact revenge on ‘The Axe Murderer’, Jackson met Silva on a third occasion – this time in the UFC. The bout was short and sweet, as ‘Rampage’ found the revenge he was seeking just minutes into the fight, delivering a crushing left hook counter that sent Silva crashing to the canvas. The punch did much more than just knock Silva out – it knocked him straight out of the weight class he dominated for years in the Pride ring. Following the bout, Silva exited the light heavyweight division, instead competing in a series of middleweight and catch weight contests. Silva would return to the light heavyweight class for his final fight in the UFC years later against Brian Stann.

Following the knockout loss, Silva experienced mixed results, while ultimately leaving the UFC and signing with Bellator/ Rizin FF following controversy with the NSAC. Silva’s last outing saw him compete in a tag team grappling contest for Rizin and news on his next bout is unclear.

Jackson went on to fight for UFC gold, but failed in his efforts to regain the title he once held. Following his loss to then-champion Jon Jones, Jackson experienced mixed success while bouncing between the UFC and Bellator. His next fight will be a catch-weight contest against Satoshi Ishii under the Bellator banner.

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