Damon Jackson finishes Pat Sabatini at UFC Fight Night 210 for emotional win just days after brother’s death

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Damon Jackson had every reason not to compete at UFC Fight Night 210 if that’s what he chose, but the thought never crossed his mind.

Jackson’s brother, Bradley, died suddenly at 37 this past Tuesday. Rather than withdraw from his fight against Pat Sabatini days later to cope with a family tragedy, Jackson pushed through.

In doing so, Jackson honored his brother with the ultimate tribute, needing just 1:09 to finish Sabatini for a TKO victory Saturday in Las Vegas. The finish started with a front kick that stunned Sabatini and ended with punches that caused a verbal submission.

The moments after the finish were an emotional scene with Jackson’s family in attendance at the UFC Apex (via Twitter):

“It still doesn’t feel real yet,” Jackson told Daniel Cormier during his post-fight interview inside the octagon “… It means a lot for me to come out here and compete. There was no chance of me not fighting. …

“I never even second-guessed competing. I knew I had to do this. I knew I had to come out here and do what I always do. This is the only time I feel normal, is when I get to come out here and compete. All the emotion I’ve been holding back this whole week is kind of coming out right now. I never cried in front of a group of people. I just want to be around my mom and around my dad and see my family.”

With the finish, Jackson (22-4-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) pushed his winning streak to four fights and halted Sabatini’s winning streak at six.

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