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UFC 135: Verbal agreements in place for Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson fight on Sept. 24 in Denver

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will defend his 205-pound strap for the first time when he battles former division titleholder Quinton Jackson at the upcoming UFC 135 event scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

Jones, who is still resting a hand injury, has reportedly been cleared by his physician to return to the Octagon later this year and the promotion today tweeted that verbal agreements are in place for the blockbuster match-up.

Jackson earned his shot at the light heavyweight crown by beating the brakes off Matt Hamill just last month at the UFC 130 event on May 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Rampage" battered and bruised "The Hammer," out-striking him by a margin of 61-34 and stuffing all 17 of the NCAA wrestler's takedown attempts.

He'll need every bit of that grappling prowess in a fight against "Bones."

Jones hasn't been in the cage since obliterating Mauricio Rua to win the title at UFC 128 back on March 19 in New Jersey. The lanky and unorthodox New Yorker has blown through each and every one of his Octagon opponents, amassing a 7-1 record in his time with the UFC.

Even that one loss, a complete drubbing of the previously mentioned Hamill that ended in a disqualification due to illegal elbows, is considered a win.

Rashad Evans may not be happy that his current nemesis, Jones, will first defend his title against his former nemesis, Jackson, but the calendar's now line-up that if "Suga" defeats Phil Davis on Aug. 6 at UFC 133, he just may be cageside in "The Mile-High City" to challenge the winner.

So Maniacs, who takes it?

UFC 135 will also feature a welterweight throwdown pitting Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez as well as a heavyweight brouhaha between "Big" Ben Rothwell and Mark Hunt.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to this still-developing fight card.