If the main storyline heading into UFC 135 was ‘Spygate,’ then what actually took place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado can be summed up as DOMINATE. If someone from Jon Jones’ team did in fact implant a spy in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s camp, then they must have studied every second of every day because “Bones” had all the answers on Saturday night.
In his first light heavyweight title defense, Jones did anything and everything he wanted against Rampage. Since the former 205-pound title holder questioned his standup game, the 24-year-old opted to showcase his striking just prior to posting a 4thRound rear-naked choke submission victory.
“The gameplan was to prove that we can strike with Quinton Jackson,” Jones stated. “He kind of insulted me, saying I had no punching power and he insulted my striking.
“My coaches told me he was starting to break. So they said if I wanted to finish the fight, that was the round to do it.”
While Rampage had plenty of insults for Jones heading into their highly-hyped fight, he was full of nothing but compliments after getting trounced.
“I’m in the best shape of my life,” Rampage expressed. “I expected to come out here and close the distance and overthrow Jon Jones. But he’s great, guys. … My hat’s off. My hat’s in my hand.
“This is the best Rampage ever and he had me mesmerized.”
Jones will now face friend-turned-foe Rashad Evans.