Saturday, February 15, 2020

UFC 135: Building a Dynasty

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UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage – Denver, Colo. – Pepsi Center – Sept. 24, 2011

Rampage Jackson hung on until the fourth road, but he was unable to stop Jon Jones from retaining the light heavyweight title at UFC 135.

Jones (14-1) earned the submission victory with a rear naked choke for his first successful title defense.

Josh Koscheck knocked out former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes with one second left in the first round.

Two heavyweight bouts ended in unanimous decisions. Mark Hunt beat Ben Rothwell, and Travis Browne defeated Rob Broughton.

In the PPV opener, Nate Diaz beat “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi by submission to an armbar at the 4:27 mark.

On the Spike TV pre-show, Tony Ferguson beat Aaron Riley, whose corner stopped the fight after Round 1.  Tim Boetsch defeated Nick “The Promise” Ring by unanimous decision.

The other preliminary fights aired on Facebook. James Te Huna of New Zealand knocked out Ricardo Romero in 47 seconds. 

Junior Assuncao won a unanimous decision over Eddie Yagin. Takeya “The Bull” Mizugaki defeated Cole Escovedo by TKO late in Round 2.

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