This Month's MMA Birthdays: 'Rampage' Jackson Turns 40


He was a force of nature in his prime, a terrifying physical specimen in which power, speed and a zeal for doing harm to others merged. Quinton Jackson will celebrate his 40th birthday on June 20.

“Rampage” made his professional mixed martial arts debut in November 1999 and has since compiled a 37-13 record in 50 bouts across various promotions, from King of the Cage and Pride Fighting Championships to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA. Jackson reached his peak at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007, when he stopped Chuck Liddell with first-round punches and captured the undisputed light heavyweight title; it was his second win over Liddell. The Memphis, Tennessee, native's remarkable career includes other notable victories against Igor Vovchanchyn, Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamante, Matt Lindland, Ricardo Arona, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Lyoto Machida.

Jackson last competed at Bellator 192 in January, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Bellator MMA heavyweight grand prix.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of June:

JUNE 1 Miodrag Petkovic, 49 Michael Buchkovich, 41 Wendell de Oliveira Marques, 35 Patricky Freire, 32

JUNE 2 Chris Haseman, 49 Matt Serra, 44 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, 42 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, 42 Christian M'Pumbu, 41 Roan Carneiro, 40 Tatsuya Mizuno, 37 Eduardo Bustillos, 31 Christopher Wing, 30

JUNE 3 Jason MacDonald, 43 Linton Vassell, 35 Mara Romero Borella, 32 Vernon Ramos, 26

JUNE 4 Tonya Evinger, 37 Michael Johnson, 32 James Krause, 32 Saul Almeida, 29

JUNE 5 Brian Warren, 44 Jose Caceres, 31 Samba Coulibaly, 31 Ricky Turcios, 25

JUNE 6 David Bielkheden, 39 Vagner Rocha, 36 Ray Wood, 29 Xavier Siller, 24

JUNE 7 Chris Wilson, 41 Saad Awad, 35 Ryan Bader, 35 Michael Kuiper, 29 Mark Burns, 27

JUNE 8 Dan Severn, 60 Marvin Eastman, 47 Hirotaka Yokoi, 40 Noad Lahat, 34 Tim Roman, 33

JUNE 9 Dion Staring, 40 Muslim Salikhov, 34 John Phillips, 33 Jim Hettes, 31

JUNE 10 Cyrille Diabate, 45 Brendan Tierney, 43 Luiz Azeredo, 42 Hiroyuki Takaya, 41 Nordine Taleb, 37 Walt Harris, 35

JUNE 11 Tsuneo Kimura, 36 Daron Cruickshank, 33 Artur Kadlubek, 33 J.J. Aldrich, 26

JUNE 12 Andy Ologun, 35 Ali Bagautinov, 33 James Chaney, 31 John Lineker, 28

JUNE 13 Daniel Aguiar, 38 Greg Rebello, 36 Paul Bradley, 35 Lucie Pudilova, 24

JUNE 14 Claude Patrick, 38 Danny Martinez, 33 Chris Barnett, 32 Anatpong Bunrad, 32 Amador Ramirez, 28

JUNE 15 Kevin Casey, 37 Joe Stevenson, 36 Ryan Keenan, 33 Gabriel Benitez, 30

JUNE 16 Rich Attonito, 41 Daria Ibragimova, 34 Chris Gruetzemacher, 32 Xiaonan Yan, 29

JUNE 17 Kuniyoshi Hironaka, 42 Chris Weidman, 34 Xiao Yang Liu, 27 Luan Chagas, 25

JUNE 18 Assuerio Silva, 44 Matt Baker, 34 Darrill Schoonover, 33 Kwan Ho Kwak, 29

JUNE 19 Chris Seifert, 49 Savant Young, 42 Mike Swick, 39 Ann Osman, 32

JUNE 20 Roy Nelson, 42 Marion Reneau, 41 Quinton Jackson, 40 Alex Caceres, 30 Logan Nail, 29

JUNE 21 Marcos Oliveira, 40 Erick Silva, 34 Jake Lindsey, 32 Tom Duquesnoy, 25

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