Montel Jackson


Books fight with Brett Johns
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.
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.
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Massive statistical effort
January 26, 2020
Jackson defeated Felipe Colares via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25) at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
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.
Facing Felipe Colares in January
November 14, 2019
Jackson will take on Felipe Colares in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25, Jose Youngs of reports.
Jackson has won back-to-back fights, most recently against Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision at UFC 236 in April. The 27-year-old now carries a 7-1 record as a professional fighter heading into the fight against Colares, who is coming off a win over Domingo Pilarte via split decision in July that brought his record to 8-1. Jackson carries a one-inch height advantage and a six-inch reach advantage.
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.
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.