Imagining an MMA Hall of Fame: Best of the Rest

Quinton Jackson

By Todd Martin Aug 4, 2014
Quinton Jackson unified the Pride and UFC light heavyweight titles. | Photo: D. Mandel/

Quinton Jackson
International Sport Combat Federation (1999); Huntington Beach Underground Pancrase (2000); King of the Cage (2000, 2000, 2001, 2002); Continental Freefighting Alliance (2000); Dangerzone (2000); Gladiator Challenge (2000-01, 2001); Pride Fighting Championships (2001, 2001-02, 2002-06); BattlArts (2001); World Fighting Alliance (2006); Ultimate Fighting Championship (2007-13); Bellator MMA (2013-Current)


Jackson has gone through two unique and successful periods in his career. In the first, he was a wild wrestler who slammed every opponent he could. His slam of Ricardo Arona remains the most impressive slam knockout in MMA history, and he came one win away from winning the 2003 Pride middleweight grand prix with victories over Chuck Liddell and Murilo Bustamante. Over time, he developed an excellent striking game and began to depend on it to win. He knocked out Liddell in their UFC 71 rematch to capture the light heavyweight championship and then unified the Pride and Ultimate Fighting Championship titles by defeating Dan Henderson some four months later. Over the years, Jackson proved to be an unpredictable character, but he always brought the excitement.

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