UFC 135

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UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
The poster for UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 24, 2011
VenuePepsi Center
CityDenver, Colorado
Total gate$2,089,575[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.[3]


The Ultimate Fighting Championship had its first ever event[4] in Denver nearly 20 years prior to UFC 135, but the promotion has not operated a pay-per-view event in the Mile High City since The Ultimate Ultimate in 1995. Zuffa, the UFC's parent company, was not the owner back then. UFC president Dana White, in an interview with MMAWeekly.com, says that the company has long been on a course to return to Denver, but they wanted to do it the right way. “We knew that we wanted to bring a big exciting card back to Denver, and we finally got it done.”[5]

Jon Jones was expected to make his first title defense on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133 against Rashad Evans, but Jones was sidelined with a hand injury.[6] It was initially announced that the hand injury would require surgery, but Jones opted for rest and rehabilitation without surgery after further consultations with doctors.[7] Jones' injury was originally thought to keep him out of action until late 2011, but instead, he made his first title defense against Quinton Jackson at this event.[8]

UFC 135 featured two preliminary fights live on Spike TV.[9]

Manny Gamburyan was scheduled to face Diego Nunes. However, on August 15, it was announced Gamburyan had to pull out of the bout due to a shoulder injury.[10] Then, on August 29, Nunes confirmed his own exit from the card, citing injury and a murder attempt on his father.[11] The fight was later rescheduled for UFC 141, where Nunes won via unanimous decision.

A bout between Norifumi Yamamoto and Damacio Page was expected for this event.[12] However, the bout was scrapped on September 1 after both fighters sustained injuries while training for the bout.[13]

Diego Sanchez was expected to face Matt Hughes, but was forced out of the bout with a broken hand and replaced by Josh Koscheck.[14] After this fight Matt Hughes was offered a non competitive role in the UFC which resulted in his retirement from MMA.


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Jon Jones (c) def. Quinton Jackson Submission (rear-naked choke) 4 1:14 [a]
Welterweight Josh Koscheck def. Matt Hughes KO (punches) 1 4:59
Heavyweight Mark Hunt def. Ben Rothwell Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Travis Browne def. Rob Broughton Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Nate Diaz def. Takanori Gomi Submission (armbar) 1 4:27
Preliminary card (Spike TV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Tony Ferguson def. Aaron Riley TKO (corner stoppage) 1 5:00
Middleweight Tim Boetsch def. Nick Ring Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Facebook)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Junior Assunção def. Eddie Yagin Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki def. Cole Escovedo TKO (punches) 2 4:30 [b]
Light Heavyweight James Te Huna def. Ricardo Romero KO (punches) 1 0:47 [c]
  1. ^ For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout aired last on PPV broadcast following the Jones vs. Jackson fight.
  3. ^ This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Ferguson vs. Riley fight.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses.[15]

  • Fight of the Night: Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson
  • Knockout of the Night: Josh Koscheck
  • Submission of the Night: Nate Diaz


  1. ^ a b "UFC 135 draws 16,344 for $2.1 million live gate; third-best attendance of 2011". MMAjunkie.com. September 27, 2011. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_ylt=AsHdbgPf3yk17SR7cnkCMK89Eo14?slug=dm-meltzer_pay_per_view_pacquiao_010412
  3. ^ "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage". ufc.com.
  4. ^ Samuels, Albert (August 13, 2011). "UFC 135: Fight Card Lineup". MMAentry.com. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "UFC President Dana White: We Always Planned to Come Back to Denver". MMAWeekly.com. July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
  6. ^ "Jon "Bones" Jones Injured". MMAWeekly.com. April 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Helwani, Ariel (2011-05-13). "Jon Jones Elects to Not Have Surgery on Injured Hand". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  8. ^ "As expected, champ Jon Jones and challenger "Rampage" Jackson headline UFC 135". mmajunkie. June 15, 2011. Archived from the original on June 18, 2011.
  9. ^ Morgan, John (July 18, 2011). "Spike TV adds "UFC Prelims" special for "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage"". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "Injured Manny Gamburyan out of UFC 135 fight with Diego Nunes". mmajunkie. August 15, 2011. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "Nunes confirms UFC 135 exit, awaits Gamburyan in December". Sherdog.com. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Bantamweights "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Damacio Page targeted for UFC 135". mmajunkie.com. June 13, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012.
  13. ^ "Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Damacio Page scratched from UFC 135 prelims". mmajunkie.com. September 1, 2011. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck official for UFC 135 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. September 6, 2011. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011.
  15. ^ "UFC 135 bonuses: Koscheck, Diaz, Jones and Jackson earn $75K fighter awards". MMAjunkie.com. September 24, 2011. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2011.

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