Damon “The Leech” Jackson, 32, of Dallas, Texas, United States was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 178,” also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 36″ or “UFC Vegas 11.” The Texan mixed martial artist earned his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 14 MMA matches, “UFC Vegas” took place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on September 19, 2020. In the seventh bout of the evening, Jackson fought Mirsad Bektić, 29, of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA in the featherweight division.
Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the featherweight contest after 1 minute and 21 seconds in the third round when Jackson submitted Bektić via guillotine choke.
Seven countries were represented at “UFC Vegas 11” namely Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. Jackson and Bektić were two of the fighters who represented the host country.
Jackson was one of the four recipients of the Performance of the Night bonuses. The other three were Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev (Хамзат Чимаев), 26, of Stockholm, Sweden, Randy “The Zohan” Costa, 26, of Tauton, Massachusetts, USA and Mackenzie Dern, 27, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Winning at “UFC Vegas 11” improved the professional MMA record of Jackson to 18 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw and 1 No Contest.
Born in Durant, Oklahoma, USA on August 8, 1988, Jackson started his wrestling training when he was a little boy. In high school, he ran cross-country and track and played baseball.
“UFC Vegas 11” marked the UFC return of Jackson. When he made his promotional debut in 2014, he was submitted by Yancy Medeiros.
Jackson fought Rony Mariano Bezerra at “UFC Fight Night 67” in 2015 and Levan Makashvili at “UFC on Fox 18” in 2016. The fights ended in a No Contest and a draw, respectively.
Between “UFC on Fox 18” and “UFC Vegas 11,” Jackson competed in nine bouts in Legacy Fighting Alliance and one fight Professional Fighters League. From 2012 to 2014, he competed in War Sports, Tommy Tran Promotions, King of the Cage, Bellator MMA, 24/7 Entertainment and Legacy Fighting Championship.