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Bantamweight Division



Montel Jackson

Bantamweight Division

15-2-0 (W-L-D)


Fight Win Streak


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Montel Jackson

athlete record


Learn more about Montel Jackson's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Milwaukee, United States
Trains at
Pura Vida BJJ & MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Aug. 4, 2018
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2017
  • Eight wins by KO, one by submission (D’Arce)
  • Seven first round finishes
  • Has won eight of his last nine and five in a row
  • Had 8-1 amateur record

UFC on ESPN (7/13/24) Jackson knocked out Da'Mon Blackshear at :18 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (4/22/23) Jackson knocked out Rani Yahya at 3:42 of the first round 

UFC 281 (11/12/22) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over Julio Arce 

UFC Fight Night (9/18/21) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over JP Buys

UFC on ESPN (3/20/21) Jackson stopped Jesse Strader via strikes at 1:58 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (7/19/20) Jackson lost a three round unanimous decision to Brett Johns

UFC Fight Night (1/25/20) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over Felipe Colares

UFC 236 (4/13/19) Jackson won a three round unanimous decision over Andre Soukhamthath

UFC 232 (12/29/18) Jackson submitted Brian Kelleher via D’Arce choke at 1:40 of the first round

UFC 227 (8/4/18) Jackson lost a three round unanimous decision to Ricky Simon


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2

Week one (6/12/18) Jackson stopped Rico Disciullo via strikes at 2:15 of the third round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training the summer that wrestling was dropped from the Olympics. My friend Devon asked me to wrestle with him on Sundays to prepare for his upcoming fight against Raufeon Stots. After wrestling with Devon, Red Schafer would have open mats where I met this guy named Gato and he gave me the basic rundown of Jiu-Jitsu and grappling. After Devon’s fight I continued to go to the Red's open mats on Sunday to roll with Gato and received pointers on my jiu jitsu. Gato said I was good at this, so I should do this Jiu-Jitsu tournament in a month. I was unsure because I didn't have any formal classes on grappling other than Gato telling me what to do at open mats. I wasn't sure of my skills entering into that Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Gato didn't give up or quit talking s**t every Sunday, and I entered the Jiu-Jitsu tournament and won with coaching from Gato. A guy in the division was upset about losing and started talking s**t, saying that I was a sandbagger. Gato said the guy was mad that I kicked his ass and he had more experienced grappling than me. Gato told me to sign up for MMA with Red, so I did and I met Solo and Scotty and started fighting MMA.

Any accomplishments in amateur combat sports? XFO Amateur Champion at Featherweight and Lightweight 

Any belts/ranks in grappling disciplines? Purple belt in BJJ 

What has been your toughest fight to date and why? The next fight is always the toughest.

Who is your favorite fighter and why? “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler – he overcame all obstacles to become champ.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to a technical college but never finished because I started fighting and because of the failing health of my grandparents at the time.

What was your job before you started fighting? Manager of liquor store

Origin of nickname: I got the nickname because I worked at the Kwick Pantry (a neighborhood store) and because I'm fast.