With the finish, Damon Jackson (22-4-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) pushed his winning streak to four fights and halted Sabatini’s winning streak at six.

Damon Jackson : vs pat sabatini | Stats | Knockout

Jackson (born August 8, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Damon Jackson : vs pat sabatini | Stats | Knockout

Damon Jackson
Born Damon Blake Jackson
August 8, 1988 (age 34)
Durant, Oklahoma, United States
Other names The Leech
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 145.8 lb (66.1 kg; 10.41 st)
Division Featherweight

A professional since 2012, Jackson competed for Bellator MMA and King of the Cage and he was the former Legacy Fighting Alliance Interim Featherweight Champion.

Born in Oklahoma, Jackson began wrestling from a young age and was talented. In high school, Jackson also competed in baseball and ran cross-country and track.

Jackson was a state runner-up before continuing his career at Missouri Valley College where he was an All-American and had a fifth-place finish at the national tournament in 2012. Shortly after, Jackson began pursuing mixed martial arts.

Vs pat sabatini 

Damon Jackson fought with a heavy heart at UFC Vegas 60 after losing his brother just days ago, but he still managed to put on a jaw-dropping performance over highly-touted prospect Pat Sabatini.

Despite getting the news that his brother passed away on Tuesday of fight week, Jackson never blinked when it came time to compete.

The emotional turmoil only seemed to fuel him as Jackson blasted Sabatini with a front kick just seconds into the fight, which led to a mauling on the ground until the referee finally stopped the contest at just 1:09 in the opening round.

As soon as the fight ended, Jackson fell to the ground and let the tears flow as he honored his fallen sibling with his performance.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Jackson said afterward. “It still doesn’t feel real yet. It means a lot for me to come out here and compete and there’s no chance of me of not fighting. This is the only time I feel normal when I get to come out here and compete.”

As soon as the strike landed, Sabatini was on wobbly legs, which led to Jackson putting him on the ground while looking to advance his position.

Eventually, Sabatini rolled to his stomach and that allowed Jackson to just start unloading punches in succession. The barrage ended with Sabatini verbally submitting as the referee rescued him from further harm.

Damon Jackson stats

Jackson held an amateur MMA record of 6-1 before making his professional debut September 2012, winning via TKO in the first round. He would go on to win his next two bouts, both via submission.

Damon Jackson : vs pat sabatini | Stats | Knockout

                  Mixed martial arts record                 
Total 28
Wins 22
By knockout 4
By submission 15
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 3
By submission 1
Draws 1
No contests 1

Jackson debuted for Bellator on January 24, 2013 at Bellator 86 against Zac Church. Jackson won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.

On June 19, 2013, Jackson defeated Keith Miner via TKO due to strikes in the first round at Bellator 96, improving his record to 6–0.

In October 2013, Jackson fought and defeated Javier Obregon by submission in the second round at Legacy FC 24.

Jackson would win his next bout via rear-naked choke submission at Legacy FC 28 against Hunter Tucker on February 21, 2014.

He then faced WEC and UFC veteran Leonard Garcia for the Legacy FC featherweight championship at Legacy FC 33 on July 18, 2014. Jackson won the fight via submission in the first round.

Stepping in as a late replacement for an injured Justin Edwards, Jackson faced Yancy Medeiros at UFC 177 on August 30, 2014. Jackson lost the fight via submission in the second round, suffering his first loss of his career.


Damon Jackson was briefly in the UFC from 2014 to 2016, accumulating an odd record of 0-1-1 with one no contest. Following the stint in the Octagon, “The Leech” went to LFA, going 7-1 with six stoppages.

In his most recent fight, Jackson won by second-round knockout to win the promotion’s interim featherweight title.

Damon Jackson : vs pat sabatini | Stats | Knockout

The Fortis MMA product has won by stoppage in his last five fights heading into his PFL debut.

Damon Jackson took the center of the cage, pushing forward, then Movlid Khaybulaev leapt in the air with a huge knee that crumbled Jackson. The Russian held back any follow-up punches, as Jackson was out cold face-first on the canvas.

Jackson was able to walk off under his own power, not requiring a stretcher after a very scary KO. Khaybulaev earns six points in the standings and puts the entire featherweight division on notice in just 10 seconds.

Movlid Khaybulaev showed the featherweight division that he is a name to look out for, knocking out UFC veteran Damon Jackson in just 10 seconds with a huge flying knee.

By Rishabh

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