Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just completed the Spike TV under card fights for "Jones vs. Rampage" tonight (Sept. 24, 2011) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
After an action-packed bunch of preliminary bouts streamed live on Facebook, the under card fights for UFC 135 continued over on Spike TV.
In a match up between a veteran fighter and an alum from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) looking to make a name for himself, lightweights Aaron Riley and Tony Ferguson kicked off the Spike TV "Prelims" special. Riley looked to prove he was no "gatekeeper," while Ferguson attempted to prove he is more than just a reality television star and should be taken seriously.
Only one of them got their way.
Ferguson brought a significant seven-inch reach advantage into this fight. He also brought a power advantage. It's tough to measure power, but if you tried to, you may want to use Aaron Riley's face a gauge. Riley felt Ferguson's power early and often. For five long minutes, Riley tried his best was to no avail in his quest to avoid Ferguson's many punches and kicks.
The human jaw can only take so much punishment.
After the first round, Riley's cornerman, Greg Jackson, threw in the proverbial white towel when Riley revealed to him that his jaw was definitely broken. Order that man a milkshake and some pain medicine.
"El Cucuy" is definitely here to stay in the UFC's lightweight division.
In the first Spike TV prelim offering of the night, another former TUF participant, Nick Ring, squared off against Tim Boetsch, who seemed to have found a nice home for himself at the 185-pound division after a nice win over Kendall Grove at UFC 130 on May 28.
You would have expected Boetsch to have a decided wrestling advantage in this one. You'd have been wrong. At least for the first two rounds. The majority of the first two rounds were spent with Ring eluding Boetsch's strike attempts, landing some good takedowns and working to try and secure a choke or other finish.
With about one minute left, Ring appeared to be hurt by a well placed strike from Boetsch, causing him to stagger around for the remainder of the round. Boetsch very nearly was able to finish Ring, but ran out of time.
In the third round, both fighters looked tired, causing a good deal of clinching and inactivity for the first two minutes. The "Mile High City" seemed to have been taking a toll on both fighters and their respective oxygen supplies.
With one minute left, Boetsch scored a violent takedown, throwing Ring to the mat. Boetsch was, then, able to use his position and batter Ring for the remainder of the round.
Though he didn't get a strong start in this one, Boetsch finished well and earned a nice unanimous decision victory.
Here are the complete UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage" Spike TV preliminary fight results:
Tim Boetsch def. Nick Ring via unanimous decision
Tony Ferguson def. Aaron Riley via technical knockout (broken jaw, did not answer second round bell)
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