Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | 93 kg | MMA
Quinton Jackson defeats Chuck Liddell via KO/TKO at 3:10 of Round 2
|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)|
|United States||Nationality||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|
- 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
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.