Montel Jackson
Comes though as massive favorite at UFC 236
April 13, 2019
Jackson defeated Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
The biggest favorite on the card (-600) made it look easy. Seemingly twice the size of Soukhamthath, Jackson racked up three takedowns and consistently peppered Soukhamthath's body and head with regularity. He landed nearly four times as many strikes as his opposition (160 to 41, unofficially). Jackson improves to 2-1 in his first three official UFC bouts. Set to turn 27 years old later this month, Jackson is certainly worth keeping an eye on moving forward. His ceiling is high.
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Added to UFC 236
March 12, 2019
Jackson will take on Andre Soukhamthath in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 236 on April 13 in Atlanta, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Jackson is 1-1 in the UFC since coming up on Dana White's Contender Series, dropping his debut to Ricky Simon but getting back on track with a win over Brian Kelleher in December. He now sets his sights on the 30-year-old Soukhamthath, who is 2-3 over his five-fight UFC tenure. Statistically, Jackson owns edges in striking differential and striking volume, though over a limited sample size, Soukhamthath looks to be the better offensive wrestler. In terms of measurements, Jackson will enter the cage an inch taller with a five-inch reach advantage.
Gets first UFC win at UFC 232
December 29, 2018
Jackson defeated Brian Kelleher via submission (D'Arce Choke) at 1:40 of Round 1 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Jackson displayed great distance control and striking in this fight. He used his jab to keep the distance and eventually forced Kelleher to shoot for a takedown. Jackson showed great defense and got the UFC in the clinch. Jackson landed a big elbow from the clinch which dropped Kelleher and allowed Jackson to sink in the D'Arce.
Fails to make weight
December 28, 2018
Jackson weighed in at 137 pounds Friday ahead of his scheduled match against Brian Kelleher at UFC 232, missing the bantamweight limit by one pound, reports.
Jackson and Kelleher's fight has already been moved once after Kelleher came down with an illness ahead of their originally scheduled date in November. It's unclear whether the bout will be called off or proceed as planned, but Jackson at the very least will be fined a portion of his winnings.
Fight with Kelleher re-booked
November 29, 2018
Jackson will take on Brian Kelleher in a bantamweight bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Shaun Al-Shatti of reports.
The two were originally booked to fight at UFC 230 before Kelleher was forced to withdraw on the morning of the bout due to an illness. Jackson is still looking for his first UFC win after falling in his UFC debut to Ricky Simon via unanimous decision at UFC 227.
Fight against Brian Kelleher called off
November 3, 2018
Jackson's bantamweight fight against Brian Kelleher (illness) at UFC 230 on Saturday has been cancelled, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Jackson will have to wait for the chance to earn his first UFC victory, as Saturday's bout was called off after Kelleher came down with an illness. It's unclear what Jackson's next move will be at this point.