Sunday, February 4, 2007

Eastman falls after facing a rampage

Jackson picks up a win in UFC debut.

LAS VEGAS - It took Quinton "Rampage" Jackson about a round and a half to shake the nervousness of making his UFC debut on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in UFC 67. But once he got that out of his system, Jackson looked much like himself as he knocked out Marvin Eastman with a flurry of right uppercuts that put Eastman to sleep at 3:49 of the second round.

"It feels good tonight," said Jackson, who avenged his first-ever mixed martial arts loss against Eastman in 2000. "This is the most nervous I have ever been for a fight. & I just wanted to give the fans a good show."

The first round consisted of more sizing up than fighting as both fighters were gun-shy in the early going until Jackson rocked Eastman (13-7) with a left hook to the head.

In the second round, Jackson pressed the action until he landed the devastating blows that ended the bout.

As for a rematch with light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, Jackson (26-6) said he needs more training before he steps into the Octagon and attempts to be the only fighter in the world to hold two wins over Liddell.

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