Things to do in Denver when you're
dead a UFC fan?
Well, you could prance through the Botanic Gardens on York Street, or you could hightail it over to the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24 for UFC 135: "Jones vs. Rampage," where light heavyweights Ricardo Romero and James Te Huna will hook 'em up on the night's preliminary card.
The promotion announced the pending bout earlier today.
Romero compiled an 11-2 record during the course of his three-year career, spending most of his time competing under the Ring of Combat (ROC) banner in Atlantic City. The New Jersey native made a successful Octagon debut (despite suffering a broken jaw) by submitting Seth Petruzelli at UFC 116 back in July 2010.
The win was good enough to earn him a trip to Las Vegas for the UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" pay-per-view; however, the former collegiate wrestling standout was unable to capitalize on the opportunity, getting stopped in just 21 seconds at the hands (and knees) of 205-pound stalwart Kyle Kingsbury.
Like Romero, the big Te Huna is also 1-1 as a Zuffa employee.
A five-fight win streak on Australia's regional circuit earned him a trip to the big show when the UFC made its "Outback" debut in February 2010. Te Huna gave the hometown fans something to cheer for when he iced Igor Pokrajac via technical knockout in the third and final frame.
After spending the remainder of the year on the injured reserves, the New Zealander made his sophomore appearance at UFC 127: "Penn vs. Fitch," but was strangled by Alexander Gustafsson in the waning seconds of the opening round.
Which light heavyweight gets back on their horse in "Mile High City?"
UFC 135 will feature the first title defense of Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, as he puts his 205-pound title on the line against former straphanger Quinton Jackson.
Also booked for "The Mile High City" is a welterweight showdown pitting former division champion Matt Hughes in a "Dream" bout against Diego Sanchez.
For the current UFC 135 fight card and line-up click here.