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Quinton Jackson vs. Chuck Liddell I

Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | 93 kg | MMA

Quinton Jackson defeats Chuck Liddell via KO/TKO at 3:10 of Round 2

Mmaweekly large Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Mmaweekly large Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell

Jackson
KO/TKO
Round 2

Quinton Jackson Chuck Liddell

"Rampage" "The Iceman"

18-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-2-0
Climbed to 19-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-3
-120 (Near Even)   Betting Odds   -120 (Near Even)
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Irvine, California   Fighting out of   San Luis Obispo, California
25 years, 4 months, 6 days   Age at Fight   33 years, 10 months, 2 days
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'2" (188cm)
73.0" (185cm)   Reach   76.5" (194cm)
Wolfslair Academy   Gym   The Pit
Pride Final Conflict 2003
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride Final Conflict 2003
  • Date: Sunday 11.09.2003
  • Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
  • Venue: Tokyo Dome
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 2 of 8)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 93 kg (205.0 lbs)
  • TV Commentary: Damon Perry, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Jackson Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Liddell Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Tournament: Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix
  • Tournament Round: Semi-Finals
  • Event Links:

Jackson vs. Liddell I Wiki Update Wiki

Long before their met for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in May of 2007, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, two of the most iconic fighters in the sport’s history, met in the semifinals of the 2003 Pride Middleweight Tournament. Although this fight was much longer than their rematch four years later, Jackson was the superior striker that night, and systematically wore Liddell down before finishing him in the second round.


“He’s a cool guy. I like him,” Jackson said about Liddell in the pre-fight package, “but now he’s coming to my neck of the woods.” “I’d love to fight Wanderlei in the Finals,” Liddell said about the tournament. “I’ve wanted to fight him for years.” Liddell entered the ring first. Ringside was UFC President Dana White, who shared announcing duties for the bout with Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros. White had taken a chance by permitting Liddell to fight in the Grand Prix, where the UFC could suffer a hit in reputation if Liddell struggled. As White said about Chuck just before fight time, “He’s the man, I’m telling you, and I’m feeling good about this but I’m nervous.” When Jackson made his walk to the ring, White remarked, “He’s going to get lit up tonight.”


“It doesn’t look like Quinton wants to go down; it looks like he wants to stay up and that’s exactly what we were hoping for,” White said at the beginning of the first round, before changing his tune after Jackson got the better of most of the standing exchanges and looked to wear Liddell down during the opening stanza. As White observed, “Chuck’s not implementing the game plant; he’s not doing the leg kicks.” White was correct; Jackson looked to be the less predictable of the two fighters, and while both landed hard shots the momentum moved imperceptibly towards “Rampage” all round.


During the second round, Jackson continued to push the pace on the tiring Liddell, knocking him down on more than one occasion with punches before continuing his assault on the ground. After a withering attack from side control and half guard composed of alternating punches to the face and elbows to the body, Liddell’s corner finally asked for the stoppage at the 3:10 mark of the round.


While “Rampage” would go on to lose in the Finals to arch nemesis Wanderlei Silva, his rivalry with Chuck Liddell would continue to simmer for the next four years until he took an eventual rematch—along with the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship—in May of 2007 with a first-round knockout.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:31 PM ET
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