The Pepsi Center in Denver hosted “UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage” on Saturday night. Now that the Octagon’s return to Colorado is officially yesterday’s news, here are the notes from the show’s post-fight press conference:
According to Dana White (Pictured), 16,344 fans packed the arena, garnering the UFC a cool $2 million at the gate.
The UFC president will now shut up about Jon Jones being in top pound-for-pound conversations. States Jones is the man.
He said Nate Diaz looked insane, incredible and better than ever. White even threw unstoppable in there.
White claimed Rampage wants to fight in their Japan event and Josh Koscheck wants to compete in UFC on FOX.
He stated Hughes was very upset about the loss because he wanted to go out a winner. White believes he will retire.
White shared that if Jones cleans out 205-pound division, they have talked to him about jumping to the heavyweight class. However, light heavyweight division is stacked and he said Rashad Evans looked awesome against Tito Ortiz.
He said he offered to buy out Mark Hunt’s contract after Pride FC acquisition, but Hunt wanted to earn his money. White has a ton of respect for him.
They are not sure who will headline UFC 140 yet, but it won’t be Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
There was a rumor Jones broke his foot, but he says they are both just really sore.
Jones gave Rampage props on his punching power.
He admitted the verbal back and forth with Rampage was fun, but he’s glad it’s over. Jones acknowledged that Rampage killed him at the first presser and he didn’t want to keep getting victimized, so he started talking back.
The light heavyweight champ claims he’s unfazed with boos because it’s a part of the sport.
Jones refused to talk about Rashad Evans at presser … at first.
He later said Rashad doesn’t have his number and isn’t even close to having it. Rashad got him once in practice and he relives that memory every day.
After their fight, he told Rampage that he admired him and has a lot of respect for him.
Rampage came late to the presser because he had to get stitches, but added that he needed to take a shower because Jones “put some funk” on him.
Rampage thought he’d be mad about the loss, but he trained hard. Plus, “I made a lot of money.”
This was the first time Rampage lost a fight when he was 100% healthy.
He believes Rashad has a chance of beating Jones because they trained together.
After their scrap, Rampage told Jones he needed to humble himself more and he’ll be a lot better.
Koscheck thanked Hughes for taking the fight and was honored to face a Hall of Famer.