Nearing the half way point of 2018, bantamweight prospect Montel Jackson couldn’t be having much better of a year. In three bouts, Jackson has managed to pick up three victories, including finishes in his last two bouts.
“The year has been going pretty good for me so far,” Jackson told MMAWeekly.com. “There’s more to come, so I’m working hard and staying optimistic for my future.
“I’m getting better at making adjustments; adjusting my style to (my opponent’s) style; acclimatizing wholeheartedly to whatever they’re doing.”
For the most part Jackson has been happy with how he has performed in his fights, but having to go to decision against Terrance Almond to kick off 2018 was not something he was pleased with.
“It was bittersweet,” said Jackson. “I won in somewhat dominating fashion, but I don’t trust judges at all. I never ever want to leave anything to me or pertaining my future to someone else.”
On June 12 in Las Vegas, Jackson (5-0) will have an opportunity to take his career to the next level when he faces Rico DiSciullo (9-1) in a 135-pound bout at the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series.
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“I really don’t know much about this guy,” Jackson said of DiSciullo. “You have guys who look all into their opponents, but most of the time what you see on tape and what you see in front of you are two different things. When the cage door closes and the bell rings it’s different. Everybody is different.
“I don’t look at that stuff. I leave it up to my coaches. I go out there and fight.”
While Jackson knows what a win on June 12 can do for his career, he chooses not to focus on what could happen, but rather what he has to do in order to pick up the win against DiSciullo.
“I am taking this opportunity seriously, but what it comes down to is that it’s just another fight,” said Jackson. “I can’t make it bigger than that because if you do that, it’ll make you nervous or you’ll start having all these things going through your mind, and I just want to go out there and have a fight. Whatever happens is going to happen.
“Being given an opportunity that I’ve been given, being who I am and where I come from, there’s not too many guys who make it out of my neighborhood. It’s not too many guys who get these shots, get these opportunities five fights in. Some guys never get the call. For me to sit here and say it’s just another fight, I don’t want to put it out there like it is, but it is (another fight) to me.”