Montel Jackson

Montel Samuel Jackson[1] (born April 24, 1992) is a mixed martial artist (MMA) who currently competes in the Bantamweight division in the UFC.

Montel Jackson
Montel Jackson at UFC 232.jpg
Montel Jackson at UFC 232
BornMontel Samuel Jackson[1]
(1992-04-24) April 24, 1992 (age 30)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States[2]
Other namesQuik
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Reach75+12 in (192 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
TeamRed Schafer MMA[4]
Pura Vida BJJ/MMA[5][6]
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision4
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Jackson started training in wrestling at high school to get away from street life as most of his friends ended up in jail or dead.[7] With good results in wrestling, Jackson set his goal to be an Olympic wrestler; however, he chose to stay back and take care of his sick grandparents and turned down the opportunity to wrestle in college. Jackson did an invitational wrestling match, Team USA vs. Team Japan and started training in the Olympic training center in Marquette, Michigan.[8] His dream of becoming an Olympics wrestler would not materialize as in February 2013, International Olympic Committee (IOC) members voted to remove wrestling from the Olympic programme.[9] During this time, one of his friends, Devondrick Bankston, was preparing for a fight against Raufeon Stots, and asked him to help on wrestling drills at Red Schafer MMA gym. At the gym, he met Gato, a Puerto Rican, who managed to talk him into competing in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament without a real class instructions. Eventually, Jackson gave up his Olympics dream and transitioned to mixed martial arts.[10][11]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Jackson started his professional MMA career since 2017 and fought primarily on the regional circuit in the Pacific Northwest United States. He amassed a record of 6–0 before being signed by UFC.[12][13]

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender SeriesEdit

Jackson faced Rico DiSciullo on June 12, 2018 at Dana White's Contender Series 9.[14] He won the fight via technical knockout on round three.[15]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Two month after the win over DiSciullo, Jackson made his promotional debut on 11 day notice, replacing Benito Lopez, on August 4, 2018 against Ricky Simón at UFC 227.[16] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Jackson was originally scheduled to face Brian Kelleher on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230, replacing injured Domingo Pilarte.[18] At the weigh-ins, Kelleher weight at 137 pounds, 1 pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. He was fined 20 percent of his purse, which went to Jackson.[19] On November 3, it was reported that Kelleher withdrew from the bout due to illness and thus the fight was cancelled.[20] The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[21] At the weigh-ins, Jackson weighed in at 137 lbs, 1 pound over the non-title fight bantamweight limit of 136 lbs. Jackson was fined 20 percent of his purse to Kelleher and the fight proceeded at catchweight.[22] Jackson won the fight via submission in the first round.[23]

Jackson faced Andre Soukhamthath on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[24] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[25]

Jackson faced Felipe Colares on January 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Jackson faced Brett Johns on July 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172.[28] Despite knocking Johns down in the first round, Jackson lost the fight via unanimous decision.[29][30]

Jackson faced Jesse Strader on March 20, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 21.[31] At the weigh-ins, Strader weighed in at 137.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and Strader was fined 20% of his individual purse, which went his opponent Jackson.[32] After knocking Strader down twice, Jackson won the bout via TKO in the first round.[33]

Jackson was scheduled to face Danaa Batgerel on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 192.[34] However, Batgerel was pulled from the event due to visa issues and he was replaced by JP Buys.[35] Jackson won the fight by unanimous decision, setting the record for the most knockdowns in a bout in UFC Bantamweight history with four.[36]

Jackson was scheduled to face Danaa Batgerel on March 26, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 205.[37] However, Jackson had to pull out of the bout and was replaced by Chris Gutiérrez.[38]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 11 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 4 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–2 JP Buys Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Jesse Strader TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland March 20, 2021 1 1:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (137.5 lb) bout; Strader missed weight.
Loss 9–2 Brett Johns Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 July 19, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 9–1 Felipe Colares Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos January 25, 2020 3 5:00 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Win 8–1 Andre Soukhamthath Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 7–1 Brian Kelleher Submission (D’Arce choke) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 1 1:40 Inglewood, California, United States Catchweight (137 lb) bout; Jackson missed weight.
Loss 6–1 Ricky Simón Decision (unanimous) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 6–0 Rico DiSciullo TKO (knee and punches) Dana White's Contender Series 9 June 12, 2018 3 2:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Daron McCant KO (elbows) Driller Promotions: A-Town Throwdown 13 March 10, 2018 1 0:57 Austin, Minnesota, United States
Win 4–0 Jesse Wannemacher TKO (doctor stoppage) Driller Promotions: No Mercy 7 February 7, 2018 2 3:16 Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States
Win 3–0 Terrence Almond Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Mercenaries 2 January 13, 2018 3 5:00 Sloan, Iowa, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 2–0 Sean Huffman TKO (punches) Pure FC: Pure Fight Night 1 August 11, 2017 1 1:08 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 1–0 Josh Wiseman TKO (punches) Pure FC 7 June 24, 2017 1 1:44 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Featherweight debut.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: March 20, 2021
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  3. ^ "Montel Jackson | UFC". Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  4. ^ "Montel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  5. ^ "Montel Jackson ("Quick") | MMA Fighter Page". Tapology. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  6. ^ "UFC 236: Gigantic bantamweight Montel Jackson is the fighter to watch". FanSided. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  7. ^ "Montel Jackson on talking trash about people's families in the UFC: "You run your mouth; you're going to get what's coming to you"". The Body Lock. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  8. ^ "Montel "Quik" Jackson slows down a beat to catch up with MyMMANews". MMA News. Fight Results. Videos. Interviews. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  9. ^ Longman, Jeré (2013-02-12). "Olympics Moves to Drop Wrestling in 2020". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  10. ^ "Montel Jackson on talking trash about people's families in the UFC: "You run your mouth; you're going to get what's coming to you"". The Body Lock. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  11. ^ "DWTNCS's Montel Jackson: Good Things Come To Those Who Are Loyal". MMA Today. 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  12. ^ "Montel Jackson on talking trash about people's families in the UFC: "You run your mouth; you're going to get what's coming to you"". The Body Lock. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  13. ^ "Montel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  14. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Rico DiSciullo vs. Montel Jackson Set for Contender Series". MMA Today. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  15. ^ "Dana White's Contender Series 9 results: Menifield UFC-bound, Hardy scores developmental deal". MMA Junkie. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  16. ^ "DWTNCS Winner Montel Jackson Steps in For Benito Lopez vs Ricky Simon at UFC 227". MMA Today. 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  17. ^ "UFC 227 results: Tenacious Ricky Simon grinds past Montel Jackson". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-10-10). "Montel Jackson vervangt Domingo Pilarte tijdens UFC 230 tegen Brian Kelleher". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  19. ^ "UFC 230 Heavyweight Title Fight Set After Derrick Lewis Ekes Under the Limit |". Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  20. ^ "UFC 230 loses fight after Brian Kelleher withdraws because of illness". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-03. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  21. ^ Mike Heck (2018-11-14). "Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson rebooking slated for UFC 232". Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  22. ^ Staff (2018-12-28). "UFC 232 weigh-in results: One fighter misses despite three-hour window". Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  23. ^ "UFC 232 results: Montel Jackson cruises with first-round submission of Brian Kelleher". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-29. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  24. ^ DNA, MMA. "Drie nieuwe gevechten aangekondigd voor UFC 236". Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  25. ^ "UFC 236 results: Montel Jackson impressive in one-sided decision over Andre Soukhamthath". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-13. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  26. ^ "Curtis Blaydes To Battle Junior Dos Santos At UFC Raleigh". UFC. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  27. ^ McClory, Mike (2020-01-25). "UFC Raleigh Results: Montel Jackson Battles to Decision Over Felipe Colares". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  28. ^ Dave Doyle (2020-06-18). "UFC Fight Island: Welsh pair Brett Johns and John Phillips added to series". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  29. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2020-07-18). "UFC Fight Island 2 Results: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  30. ^ Josh Evanoff (July 18, 2020). "UFC Fight Island 2 Results: Brett Johns Outlasts Montel Jackson".
  31. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-03-11). "Montel Jackson treft UFC debutant Jesse Strader tijdens UFC on ESPN 21 in Las Vegas". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  32. ^ "UFC on ESPN 21 weigh-in results: Stoliarenko falls on stage, bout scratched". MMA Junkie. 2021-03-19. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  33. ^ Anderson, Jay (20 March 2021). "UFC Vegas 22 Results: Montel Jackson Stops Newcomer Jesse Strader". Cageside Press. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  34. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-06-03). "Montel Jackson treft Danaa Batgerel op 18 september". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  35. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-08-20). "BREAKING: JP Buys accepteert short notice partij tegen Montel Jackson op 18 september". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-08-21.
  36. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2021-09-18). "UFC Vegas 37 Results: Montel Jackson Dominates JP Buys". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  37. ^ Farah Hannoun (2022-01-05). "Danaa Batgerel vs. Montel Jackson joins UFC Fight Night on March 26". Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  38. ^ "UFC Columbus | Gutierrez valt in voor Jackson tegen Batgerel op 26 maart". Eurosport (in Dutch). 2022-02-14. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  39. ^ "Montel". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-04-18.

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