|UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||September 24, 2011|
The Ultimate Fighting Championship had its first ever event 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.”
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. 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. 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.
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. Then, on August 29, Nunes confirmed his own exit from the card, citing injury and a murder attempt on his father. 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. However, the bout was scrapped on September 1 after both fighters sustained injuries while training for the bout.
|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)|
|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)|
|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]|
|Featherweight||Junior Assunção||def.||Eddie Yagin||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27)||3||5:00|
- For the Light Heavyweight Championship.
- This bout aired last on PPV broadcast following the Jones vs. Jackson fight.
- This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Ferguson vs. Riley fight.
Fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson
- Knockout of the Night: Josh Koscheck
- Submission of the Night: Nate Diaz
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