At one time it appeared as if lightweight prospect Demarques Jackson would be stepping away from MMA. But after making a visit to one of the sport’s premier gyms, he ended up getting back into the fight game.
“I hadn’t pretty much been in the gym since February of 2015, so I had been out for a very long time,” Jackson told MMAWeekly.com. “When I came back, I started training at the Blackzilians in March. I came down for a two week trial and ended up staying.”
Just a couple months later, Jackson would have his first fight in over a year and a half, defeating Marcel Goncalves at House of Fame 5 in May via majority decision.
“I figure I won the first round based on damage pretty much,” said Jackson. “The second round I would give it to him based on control. The next round I keep it on the feet and won the fight.
“Those first two rounds – especially the first round – I felt like I was in my amateur days, it was so chaotic. Third round I felt like I woke up and was moving around more, and was more myself. Some guys say they don’t believe in ring rust, but I believe in it, I believe it’s real.”
Jackson (5-0) steps up in his biggest challenge to date when he makes his Titan FC debut on September 9 in Coral Gables, Florida, to take on Raush Manfio (7-1) in a main card 155-pound fight.
“Pretty much I’ve just got to do what I do in all my fights: move forward with pressure, find out what I’m better at and win the fight,” Jackson said. “That’s how I win fights; I go to the area where I’m better at than my opponent and make him fight that fight.”
Having been close to being out of MMA for good not too long ago, for Jackson to get an opportunity like the one he has in Titan FC is a big one, and he’s looking to make the most of it.
“In 2015, I thought I was done fighting, I didn’t think I was going to fight anymore,” he said. “So now, a year later, just to be fighting for Titan is pretty big for me. This is the biggest fight of my life.
“Just keep putting guys in front of me, and if I keep winning, next thing you know I’ll have a 9-0, 10-0 record, and I’ll be in a position to get picked up and start making some money.”