Biography(references)He began selling drugs from a young age and was involved in many street fights. Jackson had his first experience with combat sports as a wrestler for Raleigh-Egypt High School, enrolling at the school as a 17-year-old freshman, where his career included All-State honors in his senior year after finishing fifth in the state tournament at 189 pounds . In high school Jackson also befriended fellow Bellator light heavyweight Jacob Noe, a karate practitioner who taught Jackson striking techniques, in exchange for wrestling techniques. Originally, Jackson intended to pursue a career in professional wrestling after graduating high school, but ultimately extended his amateur wrestling career at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California before being expelled after a fight with a teammate. After discovering mixed martial arts, Jackson trained in Las Vegas with BAMMA fighter Lewis Rumble.
Fighter Trivia(references)Jackson resides in Ladera Ranch and has four children: D'Angelo and Raja from previous relationships, and Elijah and Naname Nakia Jackson with his wife, Yuki. Yuki separated from him in 2006 after a paternity test proved that he had fathered a child, Raja, with another woman in 2000. He is an avid gamer, and streams in his free time on the streaming site Twitch.
Awards & Accolades
Bellator MMA: Bellator Season 10 Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship
Pride Fighting Championships: 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix (Runner-up)
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