Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor and UFC fighter Jeremy Jackson was sentenced 25 years to life for a 2008 rape of his ex-girlfriend.
According to the Ventura County Star, Jackson pled guilty to committing the rape while in the act of a robbery, even against the advice of his own attorney.
Jackson’s lawyer Russell Baker was quoted as saying after the verdict and sentencing that his client was “just broken down” from going through the trial and decided to plead guilty.
The conviction came after Jackson was arrested from a charge in 2008, which accused the former UFC fighter of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, where he held a BB gun to her head, intimidated and then raped her.
Jackson hasn’t been seen around the mixed martial arts world much for the last few years. Since exiting the UFC for the final time in 2006 after a neck injury, Jackson only fought once more for the Total Combat promotion in 2007.
Early in his career, Jackson was thought to be a top prospect, while still being only one of two fighters to ever finish current Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, when the pair had a trilogy of fights several years ago.