Montel Jackson


Winning ways continue
September 18, 2021
Jackson defeated JP Buys via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Jackson cruised to the victory outside of a couple submission attempts from Buys in the early going. For the vast majority of the bout, Jackson looked the part of a -670 favorite. The biggest difference between the two men was the hand speed. Jackson seemingly landed whatever he wanted on the feet, ultimately racking up four knockdowns. He added four successful takedown attempts and 10:03 worth of control time for good measure. It was another strong effort from the 29-year-old Jackson, who has won five of his last six.
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Opponent changed for Sept. 18
August 25, 2021
Jackson will now be taking on JP Buys in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Sept. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Jackson was originally scheduled to face Danaa Batgerel, but Batgerel was forced to withdraw due to visa issues. In steps Buys, who is moving up to bantamweight, likely due to the short-notice nature of the fight. Jackson should enter as a heavy favorite here with a significant edge both on the feet and on the mat. He's won four of his last five fights, while Buys lost his UFC debut by knockout back in March.
Booked for September fight
June 3, 2021
Jackson will take on Danaa Batgerel in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Sept. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Jackson returned to the Octagon in March and defeated Jesse Strader via TKO (punches) at UFC Vegas 22. He found success in the matchup after he landed some headshots, and he's now won four of his last five fights under the UFC banner dating back to December of 2018. Batgerel has won his last two fights, and he most recently defeated Kevin Natividad via TKO (punches) at UFC 261 in April. Jackson has advantages in both height and reach.
Defeats Jesse Strader
March 20, 2021
Jackson defeated Jesse Strader via TKO (punches) at 3:02 in Round 1 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
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.
Taking on Strader next weekend
March 11, 2021
Jackson will take on Jesse Strader in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event March 20, MMA Island reports.
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
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.
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.