Forrest Griffin proved to the world of MMA that he’s more than just a reality star by beating Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson for the UFC light-heavyweight championship.
Days before the fight, Griffin was the clear underdog for the fight and some experts believed that Jackson will win the fight, at least based on paper. But Griffin stepped up for the biggest fight of his career and fought his way to capture the 205-pound world title by unanimous decision.
At the ring of the bell, Griffin took the fight to Jackson immediately; flicking some jabs and kicks to the head and legs of the champion. Jackson was caught off guard at some instances but was also able to throw some punches to the challenger.
Jackson’s left leg was pretty banged up by the second round and it was clearly bothering him. Griffin connected yet another kick to the left leg, this time really hurting Jackson’s leg. Despite the busted leg, Jackson held his own and fought until the final bell.
After the nasty exchanges for five long rounds, the fight was to be decided by scorecards. Two judges scored the bout 48-46 while the other one had it 49-46 all in favor if Griffin. The win improves Griffin to 16-4 and drops Jackson to 28-7.