clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UFC Vegas 60 video: Damon Jackson knocks out Pat Sabatini in 69 seconds, breaks down in tears days after losing brother

Damon Jackson fought with a heavy heart at UFC Vegas 60 after losing his brother just days ago, but he still managed to put on a jaw-dropping performance over highly-touted prospect Pat Sabatini.

Despite getting the news that his brother passed away on Tuesday of fight week, Jackson never blinked when it came time to compete. The emotional turmoil only seemed to fuel him as Jackson blasted Sabatini with a front kick just seconds into the fight, which led to a mauling on the ground until the referee finally stopped the contest at just 1:09 in the opening round.

As soon as the fight ended, Jackson fell to the ground and let the tears flow as he honored his fallen sibling with his performance.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Jackson said afterward. “It still doesn’t feel real yet. It means a lot for me to come out here and compete and there’s no chance of me of not fighting. This is the only time I feel normal when I get to come out here and compete.”

Carrying the nickname “Action Jackson” into the cage — an homage to the name his brother used while playing high school football — the 34-year-old veteran came out confident on his feet as he launched an early front kick that caught Sabatini flush as he ducked his head during an exchange.

As soon as the strike landed, Sabatini was on wobbly legs, which led to Jackson putting him on the ground while looking to advance his position.

Eventually, Sabatini rolled to his stomach and that allowed Jackson to just start unloading punches in succession. The barrage ended with Sabatini verbally submitting as the referee rescued him from further harm.

“I wanted the finish,” Jackson said. “Whenever I caught him, I saw his head duck down and I knew he was hurt pretty bad. He’s such a tough opponent.”

Jackson has now rattled off four wins in a row with a 5-1 overall resume since returning to the UFC, but this will undoubtedly become one of the most memorable performances of his career considering everything weighing on him heading into the fight.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Fighting Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Fighting