Quinton Jackson to box Shannon Briggs in Qatar

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Quinton Jackson is poised to face off against his long-time adversary, Shannon Briggs, in a much-anticipated boxing showdown scheduled for June 1 in Qatar.

The news of this highly anticipated match came directly from Jackson himself, who took to his Instagram account, “Rampage,” to share a video showcasing him with a signed contract for the upcoming fight. The seasoned PRIDE FC and UFC veteran expressed his eagerness, emphasizing that after a two-year wait, he is finally ready to silence Briggs once and for all.

In response, Shannon Briggs swiftly replied with a video, adding a caption to affirm that he had already inked his commitment to the fight.

The Origins of  the”Rampage’s” Feud with “The Cannon”

The animosity between these two formidable fighters traces back to Triller’s Triad Combat event on November 28, 2021. Both Jackson and Briggs assumed the roles of team captains, leading squads composed of MMA fighters and boxers, respectively. The rivalry unfolded in a triangular ring, employing unconventional hybrid rules that permitted the use of any punching technique from MMA, including spinning back fists and clinching, coupled with the mandatory use of special open-finger gloves.

Each victory earned the winning team points, and the final tally saw Team MMA securing 14 points against Team Boxing’s 11. Throughout the event, Jackson and Briggs engaged in a war of words, each striving to prove the superiority of their respective combat sports. Even during that time, both fighters concurred on settling their differences inside a boxing ring.

Subsequently, a verbal skirmish unfolded on social media, and the two fighters met face-to-face during the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou weigh-ins in Saudi Arabia. Following further discussions, both fighters acknowledged that their potential clash was in the works.

Quinton Jackson vs. Shannon Briggs – tale of the tape

Rampage” boasts an impressive MMA professional record of 38 wins and 14 losses, with a remarkable 20 victories achieved by knockout. As a former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jackson holds knockout triumphs over esteemed names such as Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva. In Bellator, he utilized his striking prowess to halt opponents like Joey Beltran and Christian M’Pumbu.

Jackson also ventured into K-1 rules, engaging in two bouts against Cyril Abidi. The first encounter took place at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Fukuoka, where he secured a first-round knockout. Their rematch at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002 concluded with “Rampage” earning a unanimous decision victory.

Shannon Briggs, known as “The Cannon,” boasts a prolific professional boxing record of 60 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, and 1 no-contest. His knockout prowess is evident with an impressive 53 knockouts in his career. Briggs has held multiple heavyweight titles, including IBU, NABA, NABO, WBC FECARBOX, and WBC Latino championships. While he faced defeat against Lenox Lewis in March 1998, he went the distance with Vitali Klitschko on October 16, 2010, with the judges awarding the bout to the Ukrainian champion.

Briggs retired with an impressive nine-fight winning streak and never lost titles other than the WBO heavyweight belt. In addition, like his upcoming opponent, Briggs tested his skills under kickboxing rules, delivering a knockout victory against Tom Erikson at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Saitama.

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