Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and the UFC's All-Time Best in Takedown Defense
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is certainly one of the sport's all-time best knockout artists, but it's another aspect of his game that allows him to keep the fight standing: His takedown defense.
Jackson's 7-2 in the Octagon and became the first fighter to unify the PRIDE and UFC championships when he defeated Dan Henderson.
"Rampage" will need to utilize his takedown defense on Saturday night when he challenges Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 135.
With that being said, Jackson doesn't lead the pack as the No. 1 fighter in takedown defense in UFC history.
At the top of list are two former title holders, a current champion, and one talented lightweight. The top-five fighters in takedown defense have combined to win 51 fights in the Octagon.
5. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
"Rampage" Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will go down as one of the most exciting fighters in UFC history.
Jackson's 84.4 percent takedown defense has allowed him to keep fights standing and that's exactly where he wants to do the majority of his work.
During his tenure in the UFC, Jackson's fought high caliber wrestlers Dan Henderson, Matt Hamill, and Rashad Evans. Needless to say, his takedown defense is some of the best the UFC has ever witnessed.
His takedown defense is being widely overlooked heading into UFC 135, where he challenges Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship.
Combine Jackson's takedown defense with the knockout power that he possesses in both hands, and you have a dangerous contender facing Jones.
4. Lyoto Machida
Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is known for his elusivenss inside the octagon, but it's his ability to defend the takedown that may be his most impressive statistic.
Machida's 85.0 percent takedown defense helped him defeat noted wrestlers Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans.
Considering "The Dragon" is widely known as one of the sport's most dangerous strikers, his takedown defense proves him to be a tough out for anyone in the division.
Machida most recently defeated Hall of Famer Randy Couture earlier this year at UFC 129 by second round knockout.
At this point, there isn't a date set for Machida's return but his next opponent should except to face one of the organization's all-time best in takedown defense.
3. Gleison Tibau
Gleison Tibau (23-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is one of the divisions best grapplers and he's proven to be a top one of the top fighters in UFC history in takedown defense.
Tibau's 85.7 percent takedown defense most recently helped him defeat Rafaello Oliveira by second round submission at UFC 130.
His wrestling defense allows him to execute his gameplans and he's currently won back-to-back fights against grapplers.
Tibau's accepted short notice fights on multiple occasions and his ability to defend the takedown has made him a tough matchup.
Combined with his superb takedown defense, Tibau's size and ever improving striking has him on the verge on breaking into the upper echelon at 155 pounds.
2. Georges St. Pierre
Georges St. Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) has taken fighters down, put them on their backs and overwhelmed them for years.
In his fights against Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, and B.J. Penn (UFC 94), it was St. Pierre's takedown offense that was utilized.
However, in his fights against Matt Hughes, Frank Trigg, and Sean Sherk, it was St. Pierre's takedown defense that caused the talented wrestlers problems.
At 88.0 percent, the welterweight champions takedown defense ranks second all-time in UFC history.
His takedown defense likely won't be a determining factor in his next bout, as he headlines UFC 137 in October against striker Carlos Condit. But the fact that he determines where every fight takes place is an advantage every fighter would enjoy having.
1. Andrei Arlovski
Andrei Arlovski (16-9 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was once a dominant champion in the sport's premier organization.
His aggressive striking combined with the ability to stop takedowns made Arlovski a star in the heavyweight division.
In Arlovski's victories over Marcio Cruz, Fabricio Werdum, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Jake O' Brien, his opponents failed to find success in taking the fight to the ground.
At 89.5 percent takedown defense, Arlovski takes the top spot as the organization's all-time best.
The 12 year veteran is no longer employed by the UFC, but the veteran placed himself alongside some nice company during his tenure in the organization.
Stats are based on mininum 5 UFC fights and 20 takedown attempts by opponents. (Defense refers to the percentage of opponent's attempts that do not land)
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