|Born||August 8, 1988|
Durant, Oklahoma, United States
|Other names||The Leech|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||145.8 lb (66.1 kg; 10.41 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Damon Jackson (born August 8, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he is the current interim champion. A professional since 2012, Jackson competed for the UFC, Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, and Legacy FC, where he was also the 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Legacy Fighting Championship
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Jackson faced Rony Jason on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67. He lost the fight via triangle choke submission in the first round. On June 18, 2015, it was announced that Jason tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, which is a banned diuretic, therefore his submission victory against Jackson was overturned and he received a nine-month suspension.
Jackson faced Levan Makashvili on January 30, 2016 at UFC on Fox 18. The bout was ruled a majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-27) after Makashvili was deducted one point in the third round due to an illegal knee and eye poke.
Jackson is married and has four daughters.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Legacy Fighting Championship
- Legacy FC Featherweight Championship (One time)
- LFA Interim Featherweight Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||16 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||16-3-1 (1)||Movlid Khaibulaev||KO (flying knee)||PFL 13||May 23, 2019||1||0:10||Uniondale, New York, United States||2019 PFL Featherweight Opening Round.|
|Win||16-2-1 (1)||Nate Jennerman||KO (punch)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 47||August 10, 2018||2||0:33||Dallas, Texas, United States||For the LFA Interim Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||15-2-1 (1)||Jeremy Spoon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 40||May 25, 2018||2||3:59||Dallas, Texas, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||14–2–1 (1)||Chris Pecero||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 33||December 8, 2017||1||0:38||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–2–1 (1)||Luis Luna||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 28||December 8, 2017||1||4:58||Dallas, Texas, United States||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||12–2–1 (1)||Eliazar Rodriguez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 18||July 14, 2017||1||3:49||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||11–2–1 (1)||Kevin Aguilar||KO (punch)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 4||February 17, 2017||3||4:05||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States||For the LFA Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||11–1–1 (1)||Charles Cheek||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 1||January 13, 2017||2||1:24||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–1–1 (1)||Levi Mowles||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 61||October 14, 2016||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Draw||9–1–1 (1)||Levan Makashvili||Draw (majority)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader||January 30, 2016||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Makashvili was deducted one point in round three due to an illegal knee and eye poke.|
|NC||9–1 (1)||Rony Jason||NC (overturned)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves||May 30, 2015||1||3:31||Goiânia, Brazil||Submission loss (triangle choke) overturned; Jason tested positive for a banned diuretic.|
|Loss||9–1||Yancy Medeiros||Submission (inverted guillotine choke)||UFC 177||August 30, 2014||2||1:54||Sacramento, California, United States||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||9–0||Leonard Garcia||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Legacy FC 33||July 18, 2014||1||1:32||Allen, Texas, United States||Won the Legacy FC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Hunter Tucker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy FC 28||February 21, 2014||2||3:24||Arlington, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–0||Javier Obregon||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Legacy FC 24||October 11, 2013||2||4:12||Dallas, Texas, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||6–0||Keith Miner||TKO (punches)||Bellator 96||June 19, 2013||1||2:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–0||Anselmo Luna||Submission (armbar)||24/7 Entertainment 9: Enemy of the State||April 19, 2013||2||1:15||Odessa, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Zac Church||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||2||2:43||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–0||Zac Church||Submission||KOTC: Unification||December 8, 2012||2||3:19||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||2–0||Shelby Graham||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tommy Tran Promotions||November 17, 2012||1||4:43||Branson, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jacob Salyer||TKO (punches)||War Sports 1||September 22, 2012||1||2:23||Springfield, Missouri, United States|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Condit vs. Alves". UFC.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "Damon Jackson - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "Bellator 86 results: Askren batters Amoussou, Lawal rolls in debut". mmajunkie.com. January 25, 2013.
- "Bellator 96 results: 'King Mo' Lawal devastates, 'Babalu' Sobral retires". mmajunkie.com. June 20, 2013.
- "Legacy FC 24 results: Ferreira, Cejudo, Holm stay undefeated". mmajunkie.com. October 12, 2013.
- "Legacy FC 28: Bush vs. Cleveland". mmajunkie.com.
- "Damon Jackson Dethrones Leonard Garcia, Claims Legacy FC Featherweight Crown". sherdog.com. July 18, 2014.
- C.J. Tuttle (2014-08-22). "Legacy FC Featherweight Champion Damon Jackson takes UFC 177 fight on nine days' notice". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
- "Yancy Medeiros submits Damon Jackson with nasty reverse guillotine choke". foxsports.com. August 30, 2014.
- Guilherme Cruz (2015-04-20). "UFC Fight Night 67 card complete with Rony Jason vs. Damon Jackson". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
- Jacob Cooper (2015-05-30). "UFC Fight Night 67 results: Rony Jason submits Damon Jackson". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
- Guilherme Cruz (2015-06-18). "Rony Jason tests positive for diuretics, has UFC Fight Night 67 win overturned". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
- Staff (2015-12-23). "UFC on FOX 18 gets two new bouts, one injury replacement". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "UFC on Fox 18 results: Levan Makashvili mistakes lead to draw with Damon Jackson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.