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Defeats Jesse Strader
BantamweightUFC
March 20, 2021
Jackson defeated Jesse Strader via TKO (punches) at 3:02 in Round 1 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Strader had some early success landing low kicks on Jackson, but once Jackson landed some headshots, he hurt Strader badly. Jackson earned one knockdown, then Strader recovered, but after the following up on the second knockdown, referee Keith Peterson intervened to stop the fight. Jackson once again showcased his power, composure, experience and potential in this dominant win.
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Taking on Strader next weekend
BantamweightUFC
March 11, 2021
Jackson will take on Jesse Strader in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event March 20, MMA Island reports.
ANALYSIS
Jackson will be making his first appearance since last July when he fell to Brett Johns via unanimous decision. He will be looking to notch his 10th career MMA victory against Strader who will be making his UFC debut.
Falls as hefty favorite
BantamweightUFC
July 18, 2020
Jackson lost to Brett Johns via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Jackson was the more effective striker in addition to landing the only knockdown of the fight in Round 1, but his takedown defense ultimately betrayed him. Jackson allowed Johns to land eight successful takedowns. He generally did a good job of trying to work his way right back to the feet, but the damage was already done in the eyes of the judges. Jackson fights physically and has an intriguing frame (5-foot-10) for the bantamweight division, but his wrestling and overall ground game are clearly behind his stand-up skills. It was a pretty disappointing effort considering Jackson entered as a -275 favorite.
Headed to Fight Island
BantamweightUFC
June 18, 2020
Jackson's scheduled bantamweight matchup against Brett Johns has been re-booked for July 18 on Fight Island, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
With all the attention the 135-pound weight class has been getting lately, it was easier to forget about Jackson, one of the division's more promising young prospects. He's currently riding a three-fight winning streak, but turning that into four could very well earn him a spot in the rankings. Jackson will enter with height and reach advantages against Johns, in addition to higher-volume striking and wrestling, statistically. This is a matchup that was originally scheduled for Lincoln in April, but fell through due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Books fight with Brett Johns
BantamweightUFC
April 5, 2020
Jackson (9-1-0) is scheduled to face Brett Johns (16-2-0) in a bantamweight fight April 25 at UFC Lincoln, Nolan King and Mike Bohn of USA Today report.
ANALYSIS
Jackson will reenter the Octagon riding a three-fight winning streak after most recently defeating Felipe Colares via unanimous decision at UFC Raleigh in January. He's now 3-1 since signing with the UFC after losing in his promotional debut in August 2018 against Ricky Simon.
Massive statistical effort
BantamweightUFC
January 26, 2020
Jackson defeated Felipe Colares via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25) at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Jackson's ability to consistently record takedowns but not do much with them proved to be gold from a fantasy scoring standpoint. He was credited with 11 total takedowns on 15 attempts, along with three passes and 75 significant strikes. It's one of the better performances you'll see for a fighter who doesn't record a finish. The tremendous wrestling output improved Jackson's takedown average to 4.84 per 15 minutes of fight time and led to several 10-8 rounds. Credit to Colares for staying alive, but Jackson looked every bit the part of a (-700) betting favorite here. Since dropping his company debut to Ricky Simon, Jackson has now recorded three consecutive victories.