Report: UFC Veteran Jeremy Jackson Sentenced for Rape

By Sherdog.com Staff Feb 14, 2011
Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 4 participant Jeremy Jackson has reportedly been handed a sentence of 25 years to life for the 2008 rape of his former girlfriend.

Jackson, 28, was sentenced by Judge Rebecca Riley of California’s Ventura County Superior Court on Monday, according to a report from the Ventura County Star. The fighter pleaded guilty on Dec. 13 to multiple charges stemming from the alleged June 2008 incident, including forcible rape.

Per the report, on June 28, 2008, Jackson sent a series of “erratic and threatening” text messages to the unnamed Oxnard, Calif., woman before raping her at gunpoint with a BB gun. Jackson allegedly later admitted to planning the crime in secretly recorded telephone conversations.

Prosecutor Thomas Dunlevy told the Ventura County Star that Jackson, who has been jailed since his arrest on June 30, 2008, was potentially facing 60 years to life.

A California native, Jackson is perhaps best known for his brief stint on “TUF 4,” during which he was ejected from the reality show by UFC President Dana White for leaving the filming premises without permission, allegedly to rendezvous with a female lifeguard. Despite not competing in the tournament, Jackson fought at the season finale against Pete Spratt, to whom Jackson submitted in the second round after suffering an apparent neck injury.

Jackson has not competed in a sanctioned MMA contest since March 2007.
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