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Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
Round 1: Both fighters tied up early. Referee Yves Lavigne separated them and Jardine landed a couple of good punches. Jardine kept going for the leg kicks and tied up against the cage again. Rampage caught one of Jardine’s kicks and followed up with a couple of punches that seemed to rock Jardine a little and landed another hard right before the round came to a close. 10-9 for Rampage.
Round 2: Rampage landed a leg kick early and Jardine landed one of his own. Jardine would land a couple of leg kicks and then Rampage rocked Jardine with a hard right and a flurry of punches. It looked like it was almost over but Jardine managed to escape. Rampage then took Jardine down but they ended up back on their feet. Jardine caught Rampage low and the action stopped for a minute. Jardine then pushed forward and nailed a bunch of punches on Rampage that rocked him. Good back and forth round. The two traded blows and then tied up against the cage to end of the round. Tough round to call, I’d score it 10-9 for Rampage.
Round 3: Both guys came out swinging. Rampage landed another leg kick and then took Jardine down and got in half guard. Jardine got up pretty quickly and they were clinched against the cage. Jardine hit Rampage with a big shot and followed up with leg kicks. Rampage rocked Jardine with a hook, but Jardine recovered. Rampage stuffed a takedown from Jardine and they’re locked against the cage before the referee separated them. Rampage landed some hard shots that rocked Jardine again and then rocked Jardine with a hard right and a couple of punches as the fight ended which should cinch the fight for Rampage. 10-9 Rampage.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28,29-28,30-27): Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson