Damon Jackson got his first UFC win under the least likely circumstances.
The veteran featherweight accepted an opportunity to face Mirsad Bektic at UFC Vegas 11 with just three days notice after Eduard Garagorri was forced off the card after one of his coaches tested positive for COVID-19. While Jackson did not have an easy night in the office after a 10-minute battle with Bektic, he eventually landed an ugly fitted guillotine choke to earn a submission win in the third round.
The end came at 1:23 in round three.
“I was definitely ready to fight,”
Jackson actually locked in another guillotine choke in the opening round that put a grimace on Bektic’s face, but in the end he was able to slip free from the submission as he appeared to elicit his own ground and pound attack.
Despite Bektic’s best efforts, Jackson survived the early attack while showing remarkable conditioning after taking the fight earlier in the week. As each minute passed, Bektic seemed to slow down while Jackson still showed the same ferocity.
It helped him stop a removal from Bektic in the third round by grabbing the neck and locking in the guillotine’s choker. From there, Jackson rolled into the mountain, and Bektic eventually had no choice but to push out from the submission.
After being short in three previous appearances in the UFC between 2014 and 2016, Jackson now has a victory within the octagon as he moves his overall record to 9-2 in his last 11 fights.