“UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage” took place Saturday night inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Jon Jones (Pictured) stepped into the Octagon for the first time in his skyrocketing career as the light heavyweight champion. Roughly four rounds later and his moniker as the baddest 205-pounder in bare feet didn’t change, as he trounced Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the night’s featured attraction.
“Bones” secured his first successful title defense with a relatively easy rear-naked choke submission victory.
Josh Koscheck made quick work of former welterweight champ Matt Hughes in the card’s co-main event. Kos put the Hall of Famer to sleep with just one tick remaining in the opening round.
UFC president Dana White suggested it was likely the last time fans would see Hughes in a professional fight.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
James Te Huna Defeated Ricardo Romero via KO (Punches) at :47 in the 1stRound
Takeya Mizugaki Defeated Cole Escovedo via TKO (Strikes) at 4:30 in the 2ndRound
Junior Assuncao Defeated Eddie Yagin via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Tim Boetsch Defeated Nick Ring via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Tony Ferguson Defeated Aaron Riley via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Broken Jaw) at 5:00 in the 1stRound
Nate Diaz Defeated Takanori Gomi via Submission (Armbar) at 4:27 in the 1stRound
Travis Browne Defeated Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Hunt Defeated Ben Rothwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Josh Koscheck Defeated Matt Hughes via KO (Strikes) at 4:59 in the 1stRound
Jon Jones Defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:14 in the 4thRound (Jones retains UFC light heavyweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ($75,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Nate Diaz ($75,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Josh Koscheck ($75,000)
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 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.
There was a rumor Jones broke his foot, but he says they are both just really sore.
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.
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.
Rampage thought he’d be mad about the loss, but he trained hard. Plus, “I made a lot of money.”
He believes Rashad has a chance of beating Jones because they trained together.