Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to pull the trigger on its latest pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza TONIGHT (Sept. 24, 2011) from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage" will feature the first title defense of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as he puts his 205-pound strap on the line against former titleholder Quinton Jackson. Also booked for "The Mile High City" is a welterweight showdown that pits longtime veteran and fading legend Matt Hughes opposite late replacement, Josh Koscheck.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 135 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.
UFC 135 QUICK RESULTS:
Jon Jones defeats Quinton Jackson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 4
Josh Koscheck defeats Matt Hughes via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Mark Hunt defeats Ben Rothwell via Unanimous Decision
Nate Diaz defeats Takanori Gomi via Submission (Armbar) Round 1
Travis Browne defeats Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Ferguson defeats Aaron Riley via TKO (Doctors Stoppage: Broken Jaw) Round 1
Tim Boetsch defeats Nick Ring via Unanimous Decision
Junior Assuncao def. Eddie Yagin via unanimous decision
Cole Escovedo def. Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (punches) of 4:30 of round two
James Te Huna def. Ricardo Romero via KO (punches) 0:47 of round one
UFC 135 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson
Round one: Jab from Rampage as Jones comes out in a crouching tiger hidden dragon crawl mode. Extremely odd from Jones. Now their tied up against the cage with Jones in the dominant position. Hard knee to the body from Jones. Rampage reverses and is in the dominant position and Jones was working the neck for a moment. HARD elbow from Jones. Both men trade knees. Front kick to the body from Jones. Leg kick from Jones. Rampage stops a take down and now their tied up. Jones goes for a throw but nothing there. Good body shot from Rampage. Head kick from Jones. Push kick to the knee from Jones. Leg kick from Jones lands hard. Inside leg kick from Jones and a push kick on the knee from Jones. Now their tied up against the cage. Knees from Jones. Nice short uppercut from Rampage. Spinning elbow from Jones lands hard. Front kick to the body from Jones. Head kick from Jones blocked. Jones misses a wheel kick. Rampage throws some wild BOMBS at the bell but cannot connect. 10-9 Jones.
Round two: Leg kick from Jones. Rampage catches a leg kick and lands some rights. Now their tied up against the cage and both men trade knees. Jones misses a spinning elbow and Rampage with a knee and uppercut on the break. Push kick to the knee from Jones. Leg kick from Rampage. Left from Jones. Body kick from Jones. Nice left from Rampage. Leg kick from Jones. Their tied up and knee to the body from Jones. Front kick to the body from Jones. Leg kick from Jones and another. Body shot from Rampage. Head kick blocked from Jones. Rampage is freezing and not really letting loose especially on the inside. Jab from Rampage. Left from Jones. Another left from Jones. Now their tied up in the center of the cage. Jones pulls guard at the bell but ran out of time, 10-9 Jones.
Round three: Now Jones sucks in Rampage, but Rampage just misses a power shot. Inside leg kick from Rampage. Push kick to the leg from Jones. Left from Jones. Leg kick from Jones. Jones sucks up a single and gets a take down and moves into side control right away. Now Jones into full mount with ease! Jones now coming with his sick elbows and punches. Rampage bucks off Jones!!! Now their back up to their feet. Body kick from Jones. Front kick to the head from Jones. Good body shot from Rampage. Good one two combo from Jones and then knee kick. Rampage ducks under and chases for a big bomb but cannot catch Jones. Leg kick from Jones. Right from Jones. Left from Rampage. Leg kick from Jones. Big flying knee from Jones. Jab from JOnes. Big left from Jones. That is the bell and Rampage needs to start letting his fists goes or this one is over. 10-9 Jones.
Round four: Left hook from Jones. Jones slips on a missed kick. Rampage ducks under and ties things up. Rampage needs to let his hands go. Jones with a take down now and he lands a good elbow with Rampage sitting up with his back against the cage. Knee to the body from Jones. Jones takes the back and now has in a DEEp rear naked choke and Rampage taps out!!! Thats it and Jones again looks simply unbeatable.
Final result: Jon Jones defeats Quinton Jackson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 4
Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck
Round one: Jab from Hughes. Jab from Hughes. Another jab from Hughes. Nice left hook from Koscheck. Jab from Koscheck. Jab from Hughes. Left hook from Hughes. Another left hook from Hughes. Good body shot from Kos. Jab from Hughes. Jab from Hughes and good uppercut from Hughes and a left hook. Jab from Hughes. Nice jab from Kos. Jab from Hughes. Uppercut from Hughes. Kos with an uppercut. Kos goes for the take down and gets stuffed and Hughes lands a knee from the clinch. Jab from Hughes. Left hook from Hughes. Jab from Hughes. Good hard uppercut and right hook from Kos hurts HUges. Hughes with a counter right. Kos now unloading. Hughes treis to pull guard. Kos is landing some HUGE hammer fists!!! Kos with another BIG hammer fists and Hughes is OUT COLD RIGHT AT THE BELL. WOW. Hughes was winning the stand up battle in this fight, but Kos found the same button that BJ Penn did and might have just sent Hughes into retirement.
Final result: Josh Koscheck defeats Matt Hughes via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Round one: Left from Hunt. Rothwell shoots and Hunt dodges easily. Nice left from Hunt. Left hook from Hunt. Jab from Rothwell. Good right left hook combo from Hunt. Left from Hunt. Rothwell with the take down! Rothwell now in side control against the cage. Elbows from Rothwell. Their back u pto their feet and Hunt stuffs a take down. Rothwell shoots again and Hunt is sprawling out again but Rothwell sucks up the single leg. Hunt is out and left then overhand right from Hunt. Rothwell shoots and Hunt reverses and is on top in side control! Elbow from Hunt. Now their back to their feet. Uppercut from Hunt and Rothwell with a brief take down and their right back up. Rothwell with a shot and a take down here close to the end of the round. Elbows from Rothwell now. Punches now from Rothwell. That is the bell, 10-9 Rothwell.
Round two: Cut above the left eye of Rothwell. Left hook from Hunt. Hunt stuffs a take down. Uppercut from Hunt. Hard leg kick from Hunt. Left hook from Hunt. Leg kick from Hunt. Hunt unleashes a good combo. Rothwell shoots again and Hunt stuffs it. Big uppercut from Hunt and now Hunt with the take down. Full guard for Rothwell. Hammer fists from Hunt. God punches and elbows from Hunt on top. Nice lefts from Hunt. Big shots from Hunt and now he is into side control. Hunt with elbows now. Hunt with hammer fists and elbows. Big punches form Hunt. Scramble and now Hunt has the back of Rothwell and is landing hard uppercuts from behind. Hunt now going for the arm bar!!! He had it and it would of stopped the fight but he could not beat the bell. 10-8 round for Hunt.
Round three: Uppercut from Hunt. Rothwell can barely walk. HUGE uppercut and left hook from Hunt. Hunt sprawls out of a take down and lands a BIG left that wobbles Rothwell. Hunt with a combo. Rothwell falls to the mat and Hunt is on top in full guard now. Hunt is landing some good body shots and punches. Hammer fists from Hunt. Ref stands them up. Rothwell with a left and uppercut from Hunt. Rothwell shoots and misses and now Hunt on top of the back on Rothwell. Hunt throwing some punches. Now their back to the fet. HUGE right from Hunt. Uppercut from Hunt as Rothwell shoots. Rothwell just almost fainted in the middle of the fight. Hunt on top now and throwing punches from half guard. Big hammer fists from Hunt. Good punches from Hunt. Somehow the ref stands them up when Hunt was in side control!? Never seen that EVER. Good uppercut and left hook from Hunt. Head kick from Hunt. These guys are both gassed. Rothwell is like a zombie. Rothwell looking for a north south choke as Hunt went for the take down. Rothwell spins to the back now. Hunt is over on his back now and the bell rings. 10-9 Hunt.
Final result: Mark Hunt defeats Ben Rothwell via Unanimous Decision
Round one: Jabs from Diaz just keeping his range in tact. Big right hook from Diaz drops Gomi!!! Gomi back up and Nate doesnt chase he is being patient with it. Big left hook and then jab from Diaz. Jab from Diaz. Good body shot from Gomi. Beautiful right hook from Diaz lands HARD. Sick one two and then a flurry from Diaz. Jab from Diaz. Jab from Diaz. Gomi just throwing haymakers and not connecting. HARD one two combo from Diaz. Jab from Diaz lands hard. Nice right hook from Diaz. Now an INSANE one two combo from Diaz. Diaz lands a BIG left hook and drops Gomi!! Diaz landing at will and HARD and Gomi shoots!!! Diaz ends up on top and lands strikes. Now their back up and Nate is landing a stiff GSP like jab. Gomi now gets a panic take down and Nate easily throws up his legs and goes for an arm bar!!! Now he moves into the triangle!!! Back to the arm bar and that is it the fight is over!!!! WOW Nate Diaz literally just looked like a top notch fighter. He looked at an elite level tonight, that was an amazing amazing performance.
Final result: Nate Diaz defeats Takanori Gomi via Submission (Armbar) Round 1
Round one: WIld right from Browne and then a leg kick the right missed. Left from Broughton. Leg kick from Broughton. Their tied up against the cage and trading knees. Knee from Browne on the break but doesnt really hit. Leg kick from Browne. Leg kick from Browne. Right from Browne. Leg kick from Browne. Right from Browne and then a left. Leg kick from Browne. Left hook from Browne and good right from Broughton. Now their tied up against the cage and nothing doing. Big wild right and left hooks from Browne. Big left hook from Browne lands HARD. Broughton backs up after that and now their tied up against the cage. Browne with an easy take down and now into full mount!!! Big elbows from Browne!!!! That is the bell. 10-9 Browne.
Round two: Left from Browne. Leg kick from Browne. Hard leg kick from Browne. Big left and right hooks from Browne and now he lands BIG knees from the clinch one of which lands hard on the face. Now their tied up against the cage. This round is a lot of nothing. Leg kick from Browne and another and they land hard. Jab from Broughton. Browne with an easy take down and then full mount. Big punches now from Browne and Broughton gives up his back. Big punches and hammer fists at the bell from Browne. 10-9 Browne.
Round three: Left from Broughton. Big right from Broughton and Browne looks gassed. Now their tied up against the cage and Broughton is landing knees to the thigh. Easy take down from Browne and then a big right hand. Half guard for Broughton. Nothing going on but laying and praying. Full mount for Browne. Nothing doing. Crowd is bored and so is this play by play announcer. Full guard for Broughton. Broughton now going for a kimura! Browne moves into side control and gets out and is lucky cause it was DEEP. Now their back up for the bell. Bad fight, but a win none the less for Browne. 10-9 Browne.
Final result: Travis Browne defeats Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision
UFC 135 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE "PRELIMS" SPIKE TV COMMENTARY:
Round one: Right from Ferguson. Both men throwing wild punches. Head kick from Riley. Leg kick from Ferguson. Leg kick from Riley. Leg kick from Ferguson. Nice one two from Ferguson and HARD leg kick from Riley. Ferguson catches a head kick and tosses Riley. Hard right from Ferguson. Good one two from Ferguson. Good combo from Ferguson. Hard jab from Ferguson. HARD uppercut and right hook from Ferguson. Now Ferguson unloading with body shots that have serious power!! Leg kick from Ferguson. Jab from Ferguson. Hard leg kick from Riley. Big left hook and uppercut from Ferguson. HARD body shots from Ferguson. Big elbow and uppercut from Ferguson. Riley is gushing blood from inside his mouth. Both men trade leg kicks. Hard superman punch from Ferguson. Right from Ferguson and then an uppercut. Big right from Ferguson. Body kick from Ferguson. Big knee and uppercut from Ferguson at the bell. This round was all Ferguson. Riley said his jaw is broken. 10-9 Ferguson.
Final result: Anthony Ferguson defeats Aaron Riley via TKO (Doctors Stoppage: Broken Jaw) Round 1
Round one: Push kick from Boetsch. Inside leg kick from Boetsch. Left from Boetsch who is doing the stalking. Right from Ring. Ring catches a kick and gets the take down and now has a front headlock looking to spin to the back. Knee's to the shoulder from Ring and he is forcing Boetsch to carry his weight. Back to their feet now. Left from Boetsch. Ring circling and avoiding contact. Ring catches a kick but eats a right. Leg kick from Boetsch. Boetsch struggling to catch the quicker Ring. Shot from Boetsch nothing there but he lands a right. Good right from Ring. Hard uppercut from Boetsch. Mostly boring round, Ring gets it for the take down. 10-9 Ring.
Round two: Head kick from Ring. Ring almost catches another kick. Good right from Boetsch. HUGE right from Boetsch snaps the head of Ring back. Ring misses on a take down and eats a left hook. Good right and then big uppercut from Boetsch. Jabs from Ring. BIG right hand drops Ring briefly but he ties things up and gets back to his feet. Now good knees from Ring in the tie up against the cage. Boetsch catches a knee and gets a take down! Now Ring trying to get back up and Boetsch locks in a guillotine and is going for the submission! Ring trying to hang on. Ring slips out. Ring on top and he stands up and Boetsch almost gets up and now he is up. Uppercut from Boetsch. Big left hook from Boetsch now. Good rights now from Boetsch. More good rights and then a big left from Boetsch. Now their tied up as Ring is feeling these power punches. Beautiful take down from Boetsch! Hes going for a kimura but the bell rings! Big round for Boetsch. 10-9 Boetsch.
Round three: Left from Ring. Big right from Boetsch again. Now their tied up against the cage and exchanging knees. BIG left hook from Boetsch and now a nice knee from the clinch and a left hook to the body. Knee's to the thigh and foot stomps from Boetsch. Ref centers them now. Left and right hook combo from Boetsch. Knee from Ring to the stomach. Right from Ring. Knee from Ring. Boetsch with another nice trip take down. Now their stood up by the ref. Front kick from Ring and Big right from Boetsch. Boetsch now with an AMAZING hip toss take down and he lands right into side control!!! Big elbows form Boetsch now!! Ring works his way to his knees and Boetsch with north south position. Brief mount from Boetsch and a big right. Boetsch now raining punches at the bell and he took this fight. 10-9 Boetsch.
Final result: Tim Boetsch defeats Nick Ring via Unanimous Decision
UFC 135 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE FACEBOOK STREAM COMMENTARY:
Kevin Haggerty in the house.
Round one: Cautious feeling out process out of the gate. Restless crowd booing. Assuncao goes southpaw and looks for a leg kick. Nothing doing. Still a stalemate. Assuncao rushes in and gets hit with a good right to the head by Yagin. Assuncao holding hands dangerously low. Assuncao continuously switching stances. Clowning a little bit, seemingly trying to tempt Yagin to lose his composure. Assuncao throws another leg kick and misses. Assuncao gets takedown and has him against the cage. Yagin tries to butterfly and work free from underneath to no avail. Assuncao patiently working from top and pulls Yagin away from cage to get more room to work. Yagin active from the bottom with his legs. Assuncao is starting to drop some heavy punches from the top. Yagin escapes and it's back on the feet. Just over a minute to go in the round. Assuncao still keeping hands very low. Yagin misses with a left punch and gets taken down again. Assuncao working inside Yagin's guard and trying to pass. Yagin controlling the head. Final seconds tick off. Should be a 10-9 round for Assuncao.
Round two: Both fighters still cautious in the stand-up exchanges. Neither really engaging. Crowd continues to voice their displeasure. Assuncao rushes in going for takedown, can't get it but has Yagin's back. The action is pressed up against the cage now. Yagin pushes him off and it's back to the center. Yagin eats a jab. Yagin lands a nice front kick to the body. Assuncao clips Yagin with a nice left hook, then a good inside leg kick. Yagin looks very tentative. Assuncao continues to keep his hands down and taunt a bit. Assuncao goes for takedown and gets caught in a deep guillotine. He somehow manages to slip out and is now in half-guard. Assuncao working to get side control. Thirty seconds left. Yagin escapes and it's back to standing position. Assuncao lands a good leg kick and backs off instantly. Should be another 10-9 round for Assuncao.
Round three: Yagin rushes in and gets takedown, tries for guillotine but Assuncao out immediately. Assuncao slips away and gets back up, landing a good left strike on the way up. Assuncao goes for a front kick to mid-section and Yagin counters with a right punch. Yagin jumps to guard and is cranking on Assuncao's neck. Very deep, but again, the elusive Assuncao is able to escape. In the process, Yagin gives up position and is under Assuncao again. Assuncao in side guard and working elbows. Yagin looks frustrated and possibly ready to quit. Assuncao is landing a lot of elbows, mixed in with some hammerfists. Two minutes to go. Assuncao is continuing to work the ground-and-pound, all the while trying to work his leg free so he can have side control. If his right leg gets free, this will probably be over. Yagin is getting hit with hard shots, still unable to get out from under Assuncao. Just under a minute to go. Yagin looks exhausted and appears to just be waiting for the clock to expire, hoping to not get finished. Dominant round for Assuncao. I'd call it 10-8 in his favor.
Final result: Junior Assuncao via unanimous decision
Round one: Wasting no time, both fighters charge the center and begin exchanging. The fight goes to the cage. Mizugaki clinches up. Both fighters land some knees. Mizugaki charges in, lands a decent leg kick and punch combo then clinches against cage again. Escuvedo working inside knees. Mizugaki has underhooks and looks to be working for takedown, very methodical. He gets the takedown and is in Cole's guard. Doesn't appear to like it and gets right back up. Clinching again. Escuvedo jumps to guard and is looking to get standing triangle. Escuvedo pulls Mizugaki to mat and is working his guard. Now, back on the feet. Mizugaki lands a couple good leg kicks. Escuvedo looking to jump to guard again, slips off. Escuvedo goes for flying knee. Escuvedo definitely more active of the two. Escuvedo lands two good elbows in a row, answered by a nice body shot (punch) by Mizugaki. Escuvedo throws head kick attempt and misses. One minute left. Great round so far. Mizugaki runs in with combo of punches and lands a few. Tough round to score. I'd call it a 10-10 draw, but I'm crazy like that. I change my mind. 10-9 Mizugaki.
Round two: Escuvedo gets hit with a shot that floors him. Probably more of a slip. Back to his feet. Mizugaki starting to pick him a part a bit with punches. Good leg kick by Mizugaki, answered by Escuvedo with a leg kick of his own. Escuvedo with good kick to mid-section but is hit with a right hand counter. Mizugaki runs in and hits Escuvedo with a good one-two punch combo. Escuvedo with another kick and is again answered with a punch to the head. Escuvedo rushes in and is hit again with a right cross. Mizugaki with nice uppercut-left hook combo, both land squarely. Two minutes left. Mizugaki with another good punch combo, body-to-head. Mizugaki clips him and Escuvedo falls again. Mizugaki lets him up. Escuvedo is eating a ton of punches. Mizugaki going to town now. Escuvedo clinching up against fence. Mizugaki lands a nice elbow then another hook. Escuvedo looks hurt. Mizugaki pounces and finishes him with punches. Beautiful work.
Final result: Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (punches) at 4:30 of round two
Round one: Romero goes for early takedown and is unsuccesful. Te Huna backs up and hits Romero with a shot that has him staggered. He never looked to recover and takes several more shots. Romero goes for a single leg takedown and Te Huna hits him with several punches that leave him knocked out on the mat.
Final result: James Te Huna via KO (punches) at 0:47 of round one