Pride bows out during Rampage

Quinton Jackson punches Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 75. (UFC photo)

Quinton Jackson punches Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 75. (UFC photo)

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

With Pride on the line, the champion came from the UFC corner yesterday.

Quinton (Rampage) Jackson, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's current light-heavyweight king, won the touted Champion vs. Champion fight over Dan (Hollywood) Henderson), Pride's best of the weight class, to cap the UFC 75 card in London, England.

Jackson won the five-round bout by unanimous decision, 48-47, 49-46, 49-46, ending the Japanese fight league called Pride, which has lost its top talent to the UFC.

While the bout unified the two light-heavyweight belts, dissolving the Pride title, it was considered a competitive fight between the champions.

After Henderson opened by winning the first two rounds, Jackson took Rounds 3, 4 and 5 to claim the victory.

An early slip by Henderson in Round 4 cost the Pride king, as Jackson jumped on him to hammer his opponent with lefts. Rampage continued to control the fight with left and right shots, and Henderson showed signs of fatigue.

A tired Henderson got into a clinch along the fence with Jackson in the fifth round, allowing the eventual winner to maintain control in the dying seconds. Jackson (29-6) then sealed the lightweight victory by pushing Henderson (22-7) to the mat and landing two right-handed bombs at the final bell.

In the undercard bouts: Britain's Michael Bisping beat Matt Hamill in a split decision; Cheick Kongo unanimously defeated Mirko Filipovic; Paul Taylor taps out to Marcus Davis; Houston Alexander wins over Alessio Sakara in a fight stopped 61 seconds in.


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