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Bantamweight Division

"Quik"

Montel Jackson

Bantamweight Division

14-2-0 (W-L-D)

4

Fight Win Streak

7

Wins by Knockout

1

Wins by Submission

Montel Jackson

athlete record

Info

Learn more about Montel Jackson's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Milwaukee, United States
Fighting style
MMA
Age
31
Height
70.00
Weight
136.00
Octagon Debut
Aug. 4, 2018
Reach
75.50
Leg reach
41.00
  • Pro since 2017
     
  • Seven wins by KO, one by submission (D’Arce)
     
  • Six first round finishes
     
  • Has won seven of his last eight and four in a row
     
  • Had 8-1 amateur record
     
  • Origin of nickname: “I got the nickname because I worked at the Kwick Pantry (a neighborhood store) and because I'm fast.”

UFC Fight Night (4/22/23) Jackson knocked out Rani Yahya at 3:42 of the first round 

UFC 281 (11/12/22) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over Julio Arce 

UFC Fight Night (9/18/21) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over JP Buys

UFC on ESPN (3/20/21) Jackson stopped Jesse Strader via strikes at 1:58 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (7/19/20) Jackson lost a three round unanimous decision to Brett Johns

UFC Fight Night (1/25/20) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over Felipe Colares

UFC 236 (4/13/19) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over Andre Soukhamthath

UFC 232 (12/29/18) Jackson submitted Brian Kelleher via D’Arce choke at 1:40 of the first round

UFC 227 (8/4/18) Jackson lost a three round unanimous decision to Ricky Simon

 

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2

Week one (6/12/18) Jackson stopped Rico Disciullo via strikes at 2:15 of the third round

TRAINING: Ground/Cage work with Jake Klipp. Pad workout with Solo. Go to lunch with friends or coaches. Home, take a nap. Return for striking and grappling classes. Go to work. Night run before bed. 

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training the summer that wrestling was dropped from the Olympics. My friend Devon asked me to wrestle with him on Sundays to prepare for his upcoming fight against Raufeon Stots. After wrestling with Devon, Red Schafer would have open mats where I met this guy named Gato and he gave me the basic rundown of Jiu-Jitsu and grappling. After Devon’s fight I continued to go to the Red's open mats on Sunday to roll with Gato and received pointers on my jiu jitsu. Gato said I was good at this, so I should do this Jiu-Jitsu tournament in a month. I was unsure because I didn't have any formal classes on grappling other than Gato telling me what to do at open mats. I wasn't sure of my skills entering into that Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Gato didn't give up or quit talking s**t every Sunday, and I entered the Jiu-Jitsu tournament and won with coaching from Gato. A guy in the division was upset about losing and started talking s**t, saying that I was a sandbagger. Gato said the guy was mad that I kicked his ass and he had more experienced grappling than me. Gato told me to sign up for MMA with Red, so I did and I met Solo and Scotty and started fighting MMA.

Do you have any heroes? Torrance “TNT” Jackson, Demetrious Johnson, Roy Jones, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Floyd Mayweather, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Mike Tyson, Jay Gatsby, Errol Spence Jr, Giorgio Petrosyan, Ernesto Hoost, Pernell Whitaker

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means I get to cross a small goal off my list.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to a technical college but never finished because I started fighting and because of the failing health of my grandparents at the time.

What was your job before you started fighting? Manager of liquor store

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Two-weight amateur champ for XFO.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu 

Favorite grappling technique: Japanese necktie 

Favorite Striking technique: 2-piece spicy