Dexter "The Blade" Jackson (born November 25, 1969) is an American retired IFBB professional bodybuilder and the 2008 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion. With 29 wins, Jackson has the 2nd highest professional bodybuilding titles, behind Ashley Kaltwasser. He has the distinction of winning the Arnold Classic a record five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015). After winning the Arnold Classic in 2015, he proceeded to place second in the 2015 Mr. Olympia. He is from Jacksonville, Florida. He retired from professional bodybuilding following the 2020 Mr. Olympia.
|Nickname||The Blade, DJ|
|Born||November 25, 1969|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg) (Contest)|
230–235 lb (104–107 kg) (Off-Season)
Dexter's first NPC (National Physique Committee) competition was the NPC Southern States Championship of 1992, where he took 3rd. He first competed professionally in the 1999 Arnold Classic, Night of Champions, and Mr. Olympia contests, placing 7th, 3rd, and 9th, respectively.
At the 2007 Mr. Olympia, Jackson placed 3rd and many critics said he would not likely place any higher. On September 27, 2008, he defeated the reigning two-time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler to become the 12th man to win the title, and only the second to have won it and the Arnold Classic title in the same year. Jackson has won the Mr. Olympia title once, sharing this distinction with Chris Dickerson (1982), Samir Bannout (1983), Shawn Rhoden (2018) and Brandon Curry (2019).
2008 was a great year for Jackson, as he won the Arnold Classic, Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, New Zealand Grand Prix, Russian Grand Prix and the Mr. Olympia. Jackson placed 3rd in the 2009 Mr. Olympia contest.
In 2012, Jackson placed 4th in the Mr. Olympia, then surprised everyone by winning that year's Masters Olympia at the age of 43 and then won his fourth Arnold Classic title in 2013.
In 2015, Jackson showed he was still a force to be reckoned with at the age of 45 when he placed 2nd at the Mr. Olympia; his highest placing since winning the Mr. Olympia in 2008.
In 2020, Jackson announced that he will compete at the Mr.Olympia and this will be his final show after competing professionally since 1999. He placed 9th at that show, the same placing as his Olympia debut in 1999.
Jackson has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding articles, including being pictured on the cover of Muscular Development and Flex magazine. He shot his new documentary DVD titled Dexter Jackson: Unbreakable with filmmaker Alex Ardenti of Ardenti Films in Florida and California which was released in 2009.
- As of 2020[update], Jackson has made a record-setting 20 Mr. Olympia appearances.
- Jackson is the only bodybuilder to win the overall title in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia bodybuilding competitions.
- Jackson has won the original Arnold Classic five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015), more than any other bodybuilder.
- Jackson is one of only four bodybuilders to have won both the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic bodybuilding competitions.
- Jackson is the fifth oldest bodybuilder (second oldest male bodybuilder) ever to win an open IFBB pro show at the age of 49 years 8 months and 9 days after Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia at the age of 49 years 10 months and 13 days,[circular reference] Lisa Aukland at the age of 49 years and 364 days, and 50 years and 361 days,[circular reference] Betty Pariso at the age of 53, and Albert Beckles at the age of between 52 and 61.
In 2009, following his win at the 2008 Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson created his own bodybuilding competition - The Dexter Classic.
In early 2021, just following his retirement Jackson announced he would be launching his own supplements line of products in April 2021. This will contain a full line of 27 SKU’s of Dexter Jackson Signature Series supplements. Jackson stated he had been planning this venture since his departure from Ultimate Nutrition in 2015.
- 1992 NPC Southern States, Lightweight, 3rd
- 1995 NPC USA Championships, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
- 1996 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 6th
- 1998 North American Championships, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
- 1999 Arnold Classic, 7th
- 1999 Grand Prix England, 4th
- 1999 Night of Champions, 3rd
- 1999 Mr. Olympia, 9th
- 1999 World Pro Championships, 4th
- 2000 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2000 Grand Prix Hungary, 2nd
- 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2000 Night of Champions, 8th
- 2000 Mr. Olympia, 9th
- 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
- 2001 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2001 Grand Prix Australia, 3rd
- 2001 Grand Prix England, 4th
- 2001 Grand Prix Hungary, 3rd
- 2001 Night of Champions, 2nd
- 2001 Mr. Olympia, 8th
- 2001 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
- 2002 Arnold Classic, 3rd
- 2002 Grand Prix Australia, 2nd
- 2002 Grand Prix Austria, 2nd
- 2002 Grand Prix England, 1st
- 2002 Grand Prix Holland, 3rd
- 2002 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2002 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 6th
- 2003 Arnold Classic, 4th
- 2003 Maximum Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2003 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 1st
- 2004 Arnold Classic, 3rd
- 2004 Grand Prix Australia, 1st
- 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
- 2004 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
- 2005 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2nd
- 2006 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2006 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2007 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2007 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 1st
- 2007 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2008 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, 1st
- 2008 IFBB New Zealand Grand Prix, 1st
- 2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix, 1st
- 2008 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2009 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2010 Arnold Classic, 4th
- 2010 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 2nd
- 2010 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2011 Flex Pro, 2nd
- 2011 Mr. Olympia, 6th
- 2011 FIBO Pro, 1st
- 2011 Pro Masters World Champion, 1st
- 2012 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2012 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2012 IFBB Masters Olympia, 1st
- 2013 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2013 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 1st
- 2013 Mr. Olympia, 5th
- 2013 EVLS Prague Pro, 2nd
- 2013 Tijuana Pro, 1st
- 2014 Mr. Olympia, 5th
- 2014 Arnold Classic Europe, 3rd
- 2014 Dubai Pro, 1st
- 2014 Prague Pro, 2nd
- 2015 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2015 Arnold Classic Australia, 1st
- 2015 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
- 2015 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
- 2015 Prague Pro, 1st
- 2016 New York Pro, 1st
- 2016 Arnold Classic South Africa, 1st
- 2016 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2016 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
- 2016 Prague Pro, 3rd
- 2016 Mr. Olympia Europe, 1st
- 2017 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2017 Prague Pro, 3rd
- 2018 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2018 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia, 3rd
- 2018 Mr. Olympia, 7th
- 2019 Tampa Pro, 1st
- 2019 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2020 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2020 Mr. Olympia, 9th
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