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Rampage Jackson Victorious

Rampage Jackson Victorious - Quinton (Rampage) Jackson held on against Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida to win their light heavyweight fight by split decision at UFC 123 at the Palace on Saturday night.

Jackson (31-8) was on the attack in the first two rounds of the three-round mixed martial arts main event, chasing the hard-to-hit Machida (16-2) around the octagon.

Jackson landed the better punches in the first two rounds. Toward the end of Round 2, Machida of Salvador, Brazil, attacked Jackson with his own punches and kicks.

Machida, a karate expert, took Jackson to the ground in the third round, looking for a submission hold.

Jackson, who was born in Memphis, Tenn., got back to his feet and fought back.

“Machida is hard to hit,” said Jackson after the fight. “He did a great job. It is different fighting Machida than looking at him. I’ve got more respect for his style now. Honestly, I’d like to move like him. But I wouldn’t want to watch (his style).”

In the cage following the fight, Jackson said he felt Machida deserved a rematch. UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight news conference that was not going to happen – for the time being anyway.

White thought the 11-fight card at the Palace was a good night. The UFC last visited Detroit in 1996.

Rampage Jackson Victorious


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