Dexter "The Blade" Jackson (born November 25, 1969) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and the 2008 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion. Jackson has won more professional bodybuilding titles than any other person. He has the distinction of winning the Arnold Classic a record five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015). After winning the Arnold Classic in 2015, he proceeded to place second in the 2015 Mr. Olympia. He is from Jacksonville, Florida.
Dexter's first NPC (National Physique Committee) competition was the NPC Southern States Championship of 1992, where he took 3rd. He first competed professionally in the 1999 Arnold Classic, Night of Champions, and Mr. Olympia contests, placing 7th, 3rd, and 9th, respectively.
At the 2007 Mr. Olympia, Jackson placed 3rd and many critics said he would not likely place any higher.
2008 was a great year for Jackson, as he won the Arnold Classic, Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, New Zealand Grand Prix, Russian Grand Prix and the Mr. Olympia.
In 2012, Jackson placed 4th in the Mr. Olympia, then surprised everyone by winning that year's Masters Olympia at the age of 43 and then won his fourth Arnold Classic title in 2013.
In 2015, Jackson showed he was still a force to be reckoned with at the age of 45 when he placed 2nd at the Mr. Olympia; his highest placing since winning the Mr. Olympia in 2008.
Jackson has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding articles, including being pictured on the cover of Muscular Development and Flex magazine. He shot his new documentary DVD titled Dexter Jackson: Unbreakable with filmmaker Alex Ardenti of Ardenti Films in Florida and California which was released in 2009.
After winning his first local show, Jackson said he fell in love with bodybuilding, as he started working out harder than before, preparing for other competitions in hopes of becoming a professional Bodybuilder.
It wasn’t long before he started accumulating great results in different local shows, and soon after, he competed in his first National Physique show, the 1992 NPC Southern States Championship, where he came in 3rd place.
After the competition, Jackson took 3 years away from the stage to fully dedicate himself to training and dieting, so he could eventually bring the best version of himself and earn the Pro card.
Becoming a Professional
Dexter came back in 1995, and after 3 years of hard work and discipline, he stepped on the stage once again, taking home 1st place at the 1995 NPC USA Championships in the Light-Heavyweight category.
At that point he already set his sights on winning a Pro card, and becoming a part of the elite IFBB Pro league.
He started off by placing 6th at the 1996 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, and surprised everyone 2 years later by winning the 1998 North American Championships, both the Light-Heavyweight and overall category, where he eventually earned his Pro card.
Life as a Pro
Dexter said that everything became easier after winning the Pro card.
Over the course of several months after the 1998 competitions, he worked hard and dieted for his first professional show – the 1999 Arnold Classic, where he took home a respectable 7th place.
Jackson took part in 4 other competitions that same year, the first being the Grand Prix England, where he came in 4th place.
He continued his streak by placing 3rd, 9th, and 4th, at the 1999 Night of Champions, Mr. Olympia, and the World Pro Championships.
Grand Prix England
From 1999-2002, Dexter competed in 18 shows, and saw impressive results, being a runner-up in many, but hadn’t been lucky when it came to lifting the trophy for the winning positions.
However, his unlucky streak soon came to an end, as he came in 2nd place at the 2002 Grand Prix Australia and later, after several months of dedication and strict diet, Dexter took home 1st place at the 2002 Grand Prix England.
After the win, Dexter continued to pile up impressive results, placing 3rd at the 2003 Mr. Olympia, and winning the 2003 Show – Strength Pro Championship.
For the next several years, Jackson dominated the bodybuilding scene by winning several editions of one of the most prestigious competitions, the Arnold Classic.
He took home 1st place at the 2005, 2006, and 2008 edition of the Arnold Classic, but also won a number of other shows such as the 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2007 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, and the 2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix.
It wasn’t long before competition time came around to take part in the Olympia, and after 8 attempts, Dexter defeated the defending champion, Jay Cutler, and won his first ever Mr. Olympia title in 2008.
Needless to say, this was the highlight of Dexter’s career.
Not being able win 1st place in the following competition, he started off the 2009 by taking home 3rd place at the Mr. Olympia.
Despite his huge success, Dexter still wanted to win more titles, and continued to do so by winning the 2011 FIBO Pro, and immediately after, the 2011 Pro Masters World Champion.
By 2016, Dexter has won so many competitions that he became the bodybuilder with the most IFBB professional bodybuilding titles – 28 in total.
A Champion Bodybuilder
When asked about retirement plans, Jackson said how he no interest in retirement in the near future, and plans to continuing competing.
Throughout the years of competing and fighting for winning titles, Jackson has proved that he’s one of the greatest bodybuilders to ever step on the stage, not only in the IFBB and FIBO, but also the Olympia.
- As of 2019, Jackson has won a record-setting 29 IFBB professional bodybuilding titles.
- As of 2019, Jackson has made a record-setting 20 Mr. Olympia appearances.
- Jackson is the only bodybuilder to win the overall title in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia bodybuilding competitions.
- Jackson has won the original Arnold Classic five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015), more than any other bodybuilder.
- Jackson is one of only three bodybuilders to have won both the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic bodybuilding competitions.
- Jackson is the fifth oldest bodybuilder (second oldest male bodybuilder) ever to win an open IFBB pro show at the age of 49 years 8 months and 9 days after Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia at the age of 49 years 10 months and 13 days, Lisa Aukland at the age of 49 years and 364 days, and 50 years and 361 days, Betty Pariso at the age of 53, and Albert Beckles at the age of between 52 and 61.
- Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
- Contest Weight: 215 pounds (98 kg)
- Off Season Weight: 235 pounds (107 kg)
- Chest: 52" (132 cm)
- Arms: 20" (50 cm)
- 1992 NPC Southern States, Lightweight, 3rd
- 1995 NPC USA Championships, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
- 1996 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 6th
- 1998 North American Championships, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
- 1999 Arnold Classic, 7th
- 1999 Grand Prix England, 4th
- 1999 Night of Champions, 3rd
- 1999 Mr. Olympia, 9th
- 1999 World Pro Championships, 4th
- 2000 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2000 Grand Prix Hungary, 2nd
- 2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2000 Night of Champions, 8th
- 2000 Mr. Olympia, 9th
- 2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
- 2001 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2001 Grand Prix Australia, 3rd
- 2001 Grand Prix England, 4th
- 2001 Grand Prix Hungary, 3rd
- 2001 Night of Champions, 2nd
- 2001 Mr. Olympia, 8th
- 2001 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
- 2002 Arnold Classic, 3rd
- 2002 Grand Prix Australia, 2nd
- 2002 Grand Prix Austria, 2nd
- 2002 Grand Prix England, 1st
- 2002 Grand Prix Holland, 3rd
- 2002 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2002 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 6th
- 2003 Arnold Classic, 4th
- 2003 Maximum Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2003 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
- 2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 1st
- 2004 Arnold Classic, 3rd
- 2004 Grand Prix Australia, 1st
- 2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
- 2004 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
- 2005 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2nd
- 2006 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2006 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2007 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2007 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 1st
- 2007 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2008 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, 1st
- 2008 IFBB New Zealand Grand Prix, 1st
- 2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix, 1st
- 2008 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2009 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2010 Arnold Classic, 4th
- 2010 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 2nd
- 2010 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2011 Flex Pro, 2nd
- 2011 Mr. Olympia, 6th
- 2011 FIBO Pro, 1st
- 2011 Pro Masters World Champion, 1st
- 2012 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2012 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2012 IFBB Masters Olympia, 1st
- 2013 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2013 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 1st
- 2013 Mr. Olympia, 5th
- 2013 EVLS Prague Pro, 2nd
- 2013 Tijuana Pro, 1st
- 2014 Mr. Olympia, 5th
- 2014 Arnold Classic Europe, 3rd
- 2014 Dubai Pro, 1st
- 2014 Prague Pro, 2nd
- 2015 Arnold Classic, 1st
- 2015 Arnold Classic Australia, 1st
- 2015 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
- 2015 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
- 2015 Prague Pro, 1st
- 2016 New York Pro, 1st
- 2016 Arnold Classic South Africa, 1st
- 2016 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2016 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
- 2016 Prague Pro, 3rd
- 2016 Mr. Olympia Europe, 1st
- 2017 Mr. Olympia, 4th
- 2017 Prague Pro, 3rd
- 2018 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2018 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia, 3rd
- 2018 Mr. Olympia, 7th
- 2019 Tampa Pro, 1st
- 2019 Mr. Olympia, 4th