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‘UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage’ — Live Results & Commentary

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Tonight’s kind of a big deal, you guys. UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a chance to establish his legacy by defending his belt against former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. And when you look at the supporting card, you’ll notice a similar theme: Between Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck, Takanori Gomi vs. Nate Diaz, and Mark Hunt vs. Ben Rothwell, UFC 135 is all about the old guard making one last stand against the scrappers who came up behind them. Do the old dogs still have some fight left, or will tonight represent a brutal changing of the guard?

Handling play-by-play for once again is Matt Kaplan, who will be delivering updates on the “Jones vs. Rampage” pay-per-view main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Join the party after the jump, and refresh your page every few minutes for all the latest.

Here we go. UFC 135. Rampage vs. Bones. Quick thoughts before we get to anything real: 1) I just watched some of the intro. stuff, and the Matt Hughes-Josh Koscheck clips reminded me not only of what each guy is capable of doing, but also of how many beatings poor Frank Trigg has taken.  2) I want to see Nate Diaz do something grimy -or at least very distasteful – tonight. I don’t even care what it is. 3) Rampage literally sounds like a baby in the “I want my belt baaaaack!” clip. 4) Bones comes across as very humble, very respectful on camera. People love it. I’m extremely suspicious. 5) Am I rooting for Hughes or against Koscheck? Does it matter?

Takanori Gomi vs. Nate Diaz: Rd. 1: Gomi paws at Nate’s jab as they feel one another out. Nate drops Gomi with a left handed slap on the beak! Gomi’s back up, though, and looks calm. Nate’s lead right is busy so far after a good body shot from Gomi. Right-left from Nate lands. Gomi swings a lone, wild right hand from his back pocket. Nate tees off with the lead right and a follow-up stinging left. Gomi is down. Nate has the back, pounds for a bit, but Gomi slips out. Back to the boxing clinic by Nate. Gomi gets a takedown, but Nate slaps on the triangle. Transition to the armbar…….and that’s a tap. Sick.

Post fight, Nate refers to brother Nick as “the best fighter in the world” and then shouts out the Shields family. Cesar Gracie fighters are cool.

Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton: Rd. 1: Big overhand right misses from Browne, who looks smooth on his big ol’ feet. He presses Broughton against the cage; they trade knees and short punches. Low kicks from Browne are landing clean. Lead left from Browne. Broughton isn’t doing too much here. A right hand from Browne answers a body punch from Broughton. Broughton charges in, but not with much. Big left hook from Browne; his follow-up flying knee is off target. Browne gets an easy takedown in the final seconds and finishes the round in half guard. Rd 2: Broughton is throwing inside leg kicks, but there’s not much sting to them. Browne is still loose and lands a hard leg kick. Body shot, leg kick from Browne. Broughton catches a kick, but Browne is still up. Browne lands 1-2s as he charges in and puts 4 or 5 knees on Broughton against the cage. Browne has Broughton pinned against the cage: not much from either fighter here. Back to the center of the cage and Browne just got a laughably easy takedown (again). He’s got mount now, Browne does. Ground and pound, Broughton rolls over, and then back to his back. Browne ends the round with ground strikes. Rd. 3: Low kick from Browne, who’s slowed down a little. Big right from Broughton, who had Browne against the cage. Browne snatches a leg for a takedown. Side control; half guard. Did I just hear Broughton was a wrestler? Holy shit. Browne is all over him, but not firing too many strikes. 3/4 mount, it looks like, and now Browne has back mount. Broughton rolls to his back. Full mount. Broughton gets it back to guard and works for an arm. Browne is free after a few seconds. Both men stand as the boos pour in before the final bell. Travis Browne earns the judges’ decision, 30-27 across the board.

Ben Rothwell vs. Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt: Rd. 1: Lead left lands for Hunt, who then avoids a shot from Big Ben. Left hook, right hand from Hunt lands on Ben’s chin. Long jabs from Ben; lead left hook from Hunt. Hunt circles away. Ben ducks a hook, and takes Hunt down. Mount. Ben has Hunt against the cage, but Hunt pops back up. Ben jabs. Hunt is bleeding a little on the left side of his head and stuffs a single. And again. Right hand from Hunt connects. He lands an elbow and is on top of Ben. Side control status. Ben is up right away, though. Right hand from Ben and they’re down, with Ben on top against the cage. Heavy elbows! Ben pins down Hunt’s right arm with his knee and keeps working to the bell. Rd. 2: Both guys are bloodied. Lead left hook from Hunt. Hunt stuff another takedown. They both seem tired as hell. Right uppercut from Hunt just misses. Ben jabs. Hunt kicks the back leg hard. Uppercut from Hunt, who lands on top of Ben and in Ben’s guard. Ben wants an armbar, it seems. Heavy gnp from Hunt, who has Ben’s arm trapped across his face. Elbows from side control from Mr. Hunt. Hunt is coming on. Ben scrambles, but Hunt is back on top. Full mount for Hunt. He snatches the left arm. He wants to extend it, but Ben holds on for the final seconds. Wow. Rd. 3: Ben is battered. Right hand from Hunt stings Ben. Uppercuts from Hunt. Hunt sprawls. Another big Samoan right hand. Ben is wobbly. Hunt tries for the trip and drags Ben down. Hunt is in Ben’s guard. Ben is bloody and gassed. The ref stands ‘em up. Ben is on noodle legs. Hunt stuffs a slow takedown. Uppercut from Hunt, but Ben keeps shooting. Huge right from Hunt. These guys are sleepwalking practically. Hunt gets the takedown; side cotrol. Hunt wants to pin down the left arm. Hammer fists from Hunt. Ben squirms for full guard. The ref stands them up? Another uppercut from Hunt. Ben has his hands on his knees. Hunt gets a takedown, but Ben maneuvers to squeeze a headlock and lands in half guard in the final seconds. The judges give it unanimously to Mark Hunt.

Mike Goldberg just called Rob Dyrdek “Rob Deed-rick.” Oh, Goldy…

Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck: Hughes is walking out with Pat Miletich for the first time in a while. I also see Matt Pena, Jeremy Horn, and Robbie Lawler. Old school. Rd. 1:  Hughes jabs early to the right eye of Koscheck. Right uppercut and left hook clip combo clips Hughes. Left hook from Hughes now. And again. Another uppercut from Koscheck, but missing. Uppercut from Hughes, the boxer, apparently. Both men sneak in uppercuts, but nothing lands flush. Hughes stuffs the TD and hits a knee. Left hook from Hughes. Big uppercut and a right hand from Koscheck, and Hughes feels it. Clinch. Koz is throwing. Hammer fists from Koz to a downed Hughes. Hughes is down and in trouble. Hughes is out cold with just seconds left! Hot damn. TKO win at 4:59 for Josh Koscheck. Matt Hughes is not retiring, but he says he’s going “on the shelf.”

Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: Rd. 1: Bones crawls out to Rampage, who promptly knees his body. Clinch against the cage. Knees from Jones to Rampage’s thighs. Nice elbow from Jones! Jones is pressing against the cage, but the two meet in the center of the cage. High kicks from Jones are blocked. Jones clinches and looks for a trip, but Rampage stays up. Head kick from Jones is blocked. Jones kicks Rampage’s lead knee. Left hand from Jones connects. Another kick to the knee from the champ. Jones pushed Rampage against the cage as they clinch. Spinning elbow lands for Bones as they separate. Head kick again from Bones. Spinning heel kick from Bones sails high. Rampage swings big at the end of the round. Too little, too late, though. Rd. 2: Bones attacks the lead leg and clinches again. Bones tries another spinning elbow and keeps kicking that lead knee. Low kick from Rampage. Lead right hook misses from Bones. Body kick from Bones. Lead left hits for Rampage. Bones keeps moving and kicking at Rampage’s legs. Swing and a miss with the left for Bones. Rampage isn’t mounting much offense here. Two nice leg kicks from Bones. Spinning back kick hits for Bones. Head kick now. Rampage looks hesitant from the outside. Left hook lands for the challenger. Bones misses with a missile of a left hand. They clinch. Rampage pulls guard from the clinch in the final few seconds. Rd. 3: Bones catches a Rampage kick and grabs a front headlock. Rampage swings wide, but Jones ducks. Leg kicks from Rampage now. Bones keeps mixing up his punches. Bones grabs a single and gets the takedown. Side control. Full mount. Gnp time:elbows. Rampage his escapes. Rampage is up, but Jones has his neck. Rampage is free, but bloody above the right eye. Nasty kick to the gut from Bones. Looping left misses for Rampage. Bones misses a close elbow and avoids a big right hook from Rampage. Lead left hook from Bones. Bones keeps kicking low. Flying knee from Bones and a kick to the knee. Rampage avoids a switch kick. Bones drops for a double at the horn and drops Rampage after the round ends. Rd. 4: Early clinch and Bones gets the takedown. Knees to the body from Bones, who has back control. RNC? Yup! Tapout.

Post-fight Rampage: “…I’m disappointed, but I’m still gon’ get drunk tonight!”

And from then undercard…

Cole Escovedo vs. Takeya Mizugaki: Rd. 1: Mizugaki fires early with crisp combos. Big knee from Cole with his back on the fence. Mizugaki does the same and escapes to the center of the cage. Good jab from Cole. Low kick from Mizugaki. Hard left hands from Mizugaki, who presses Cole into the cage. Cole Thai clinches, but releases. Big right hand from Mizugaki. Mizugaki drags Cole down, but they’re right back up. Nice knee from Cole. Cole climbs Mizugaki and wants a triangle. Mizugaki falls on top of Cole. They’re up again. Good action so far. Inside leg kick from Mizugaki. Thai clinch and knees from Cole. Elbows from the clinch for Cole. This is awesome. Nice left from Cole, who barely misses a head kick. 1-2 from Mizugaki. Left hand to the body from Mizugaki just before the round ends. Rd. 2: Mizugaki catches a kick and drops Cole with a right hand. Cole’s back up. Inside leg kick from Mizugaki. Right cross from Mizugaki. Lead left hook from Mizugaki. Nice kick from Cole. Head kick from Cole, but Mizugaki fires back. And again the head kick from Cole. Uppercut-left hook combo from Mizugaki. Body punch from Mizugaki. Left hand staggers and drops Cole. He’s up. A flurry of big punches and knees from Mizugaki. Huge left hook from Mizugaki to Cole against the cage. Cole is banged up. Mizugaki is pouring it on. Cole is down from a short left and Mizugaki finishes him with a final right hand. Great action from the 135-pounders.

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KarmaAteMyCat- September 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Because Jon poked him in the eye way to be attentive.
newly sober- September 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm
@ dthrckt
you are right it was the controversy in montreal and small joint manipulation i was thinking of. i am man enough to admit i was wrong. Why was rampage looking to the ref for help?
Look up the capthca stuff though. you are wrong on that one.
dthrckt- September 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm
@newly sober
the funny thing about morons - they are too stupid to realize it
you show me where it says foot stomps and strikes to the knee are illegal
XENOPHON- September 25, 2011 at 10:58 am
I too watched the card, and was disappointed. I think the Diaz earned some props and was anticipating more as the night went on, but it failed to materialize.
I was shocked at Hunt, he too earns props as Rothwell seemed on paper to be a least more well rounded, especially I thought if they went to the deck. Boy I was wrong.
The Hughes line up was expected by this cat, and the realization was that Koscheck look both aggressive, commanding, and stellar making short order of Hughes (who we know is on borrowed time), but the flip-side is that when Koscheck fought GSP he was a flop. Hats off to GSP for showing why he wears the belt in that division. Even if we all know its about being averse - and with Nick Diaz shuttled for the time being, we will have to see if Condit can bring it fast and hard.
Most of the people where I was seemed to want to see Rampage knock the shit out of Jones, as I was curious to see how he handled being dazed, but by the 2nd it was obvious the level of strikes connecting onto Rampage was taking its toll. Albeit a choke and some great elbows and kicks, Jones one skill not seen yet by me is the ability to generate pure devastation with his fists.
newly sober- September 25, 2011 at 9:41 am
wow! people sure do love a front runner. I did not say he doesnt train his legs. i said he does not look to add muscle. And yes! strikes to the jonts are illegal as well as foot stomps. Also the late flip was illegal, just cause it didnt hurt him doesnt mean it wasnt illrgal. What if jones had done that after the bell and rampage had fell on his face and they stopped the fight cause of a cut?
RwilsonR- September 25, 2011 at 9:14 am
@ RSparrow - I would have likely thought Anderson was a good bet to win, but Okami was able to bully Anderson into a clinch several times. Seein Jones last night, he should have no problem getting to that position, and once he does, Anderson does not have the wrestling skills or strength to stop the takedown. Jones will get on top and drop elbows for the win. I have a hard time ever underestimating Anderson, but my opinion changed last night
@ pinkslayer - Rampage was cleaely unmotivated and out of shape against Rashad. Not making excuses at all, since he lost fair and square. However, the Rampage that has shown up to his last three fights, including the one last night, would beat Rashad every time. Rashad is a very average wrestler, an average striker, short, and would have no way that I can see to do anything to Jon Jones. I don't see this fight being a challenge at all for Jones. Machida would be more of a challenge for Jones. Actually, the only real challenge I see for Jones is Anderson, and I'm now leaning towards Jones winning that fight. You may thinkim crazy, but I also think Jones would beat Cain Velasquez. He's that good.
dthrckt- September 25, 2011 at 9:08 am
@newly sober
is this the first time you've watched mma?
foot stomps and low kicks illegal?
solid win?! his opponent only struck him ten times in over 15 minutes!
that 'flip' (really?! what flipped here?) was unsportsmanlike but certainly did not affect the outcome. his legs would add weight?! the guy lands 48 strikes with his legs, breaks his foot on his opponent, leaps into flying knees like he's on springs and you think he doesn't train his legs? You have unequivocally achieved the dumbest post I've read...anywhere...ever.
amsterdamheavy- September 25, 2011 at 8:41 am
Oh, Mr. talk out your ass Pro-MMA - you need to go watch the fight again because youre talking out of your ass. Maybe the shitty stream you watched didnt show all of the detail but when you only make one half hearted attempt to tuck your chin with an animal like Jones on your back, I call that giving up your neck. Oh, and stuff your lame psycho analysis up your ass ya fucking panhandler.
RearNakedSpoon- September 25, 2011 at 8:29 am
@newly sober
Only the groin strikes are illegal as far as I know.
newly sober- September 25, 2011 at 8:14 am
I have a hard time buying this as a solid win for jon jones.
First there were quite a few illegal moves by jones.... The knees to the groin.... the foot stomps...the kicks to the knee joint.....the late flip after the horn... You could see rampage telling the ref about all this and looking to the ref for help but the ref just let it all go.
Second I think rampage and the world realized his weakness at the weigh ins and fight. He is such a big 205 pounder that in order to fight at that weight he can not add more muscle. He has to only condition the upper half of his body and leave his puny little legs in chicken form because if he added muscle he would not make 206. A healthy Shogun that doesn't get caught by the flying the knee in the opening seconds could chop him down.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 25, 2011 at 7:12 am
I hate doing this but I agree with you I think Anderson would take that fight however I don't think you'll see it happen for a handful of reasons. Thats two of their biggest draws and one of them they've only been able to market twice as a title fight so I would wager they want to get their moneys worth from Jones name and success before they feed him away, then there's the fact that Anderson Silva isn't going to move up I'd be completey surprised if that happened thus I wouldn't hold my breath.
All I know man is when you are that tired and you obviously still keep coming forward. You really have a lot of heart He could have let Hunt sub him and given him that Armbar or pretended to be knocked out. When it comes to those situations theres always an easier way out then an ongoing beating so who knows.
dthrckt- September 25, 2011 at 6:17 am
i'm just wondering how the 'page nuthuggers - that were predicting he'd win - feel, now that they watched him get toatlly dominated.

and karma, he absolutely DID give up his neck - i don't care if he was handcuffed behind his back - he could have tucked his chin instead of sticking it out as if to say 'plz end this embarrassment'
TKRomeo- September 25, 2011 at 6:03 am
I'm pretty sure I heard Mike Goldberg call Joe Rogan "Jogan" a few times tonight.
RSparrow- September 25, 2011 at 4:47 am
It seems like I'm completely alone here... but I would still take Anderson Silva over Jones. The way he warms up, feels you out, and starts throwing... Jones doesn't have it.
pinkyslayer- September 25, 2011 at 4:10 am
londoerer sets the record for worst fight predictions ever.

Karma you're normally spot on but the only one bringing anything after round one was hunt.

kingmade, you're the fucking idiot if you think this was the worst card ever or that Hunts performance wasn't EXTREMELY impressive considering the guy has been a kickboxer his whole life and he utterly dominated rothwell in every aspect of the ground game. Hunt deserves credit for even attempting that armbar you hack.

smiledriver, page had all of Jones "fancy stuff" scouted, huh? Is that why the overwhelming majority of his strikes landed flush, including the spinning elbow? Like the guy or not, he's the most creative, well rounded and dangerous fighter in the ufc. Don't let the chip on your shoulder influence how your eyes work, n00b.

casa, jon jones would buttfuck chael sonnen, you must be drunk or confused. His wrestling is lightyears ahead of chaels.

Rwilson i really dont see how you cant agree that shad will be more of a challenge than page. Shad dominated page when they fought and page look like an autistic deer in the headlights against jones, he literally had NOTHING. Utter domination.

That hip toss Boetsch landed was fucking SICK! can't believe no one mentioned that. And Tony Ferguson has mad boxing skills.
RwilsonR- September 25, 2011 at 2:00 am
Until tonight, I would have said Anderson Silva would be 50/50 to beat Jon Jones, but I am definitely not seeing it that way anymore. Jones closes distance so fast, even when he misses with a punch, that he would get the clinch, rag doll Silva, and drop elbows until it is all over. Silva would not be able to avoid the takedowns like Rampage did, and where I previously thought Silva's footwork might be enough to keep him on the outside and light Jones up, I just don't see that happening. Jones crosses the entire octagon in two steps, and is very good at closing distance in unique ways. I still think Jones chin is hittable by Anderson, and Anderson is the faster and more accurate striker who hits harder. I just don't see how Jones doesn't clinch, take it down, and start breaking orbitals.
And those saying Rashad will be more of a challenge... what a fucking joke. Rashad will be an easier fight for Jones than Bader. My only concern with Jones is the one leg kick Rampage checked, it almost looked like Jones' leg might go all Corey Hill.
Casa de los pantelones- September 25, 2011 at 12:50 am
The way to beat jones is to put chael in with him. Game over bones.

Seriously. Sometimes you need to take a bite from a dog to get in close. Being timid is not the way to fight a guy who can scratch his ankles standing up. When jones hugs his mom, his arms wrap back around and he clenches his own shoulders.

You gotta get in their and take it to him. Same as Silva, if you let him fight the way he wants to, you lose.
KINGMADE- September 25, 2011 at 12:29 am
And Karma... you are fucking idiot. Hunt and Roth never stopped bringing it??? Nothing was brought after the first round. What a shitty fucking performance by both fighters. A young girl could throw a better arm bar than Hunt attempted.
KINGMADE- September 25, 2011 at 12:24 am
I hope I never see Hunt or Roth fight again.. these guys are paid to fight and they gas after the first round. I thought we were going to see the first death in the octagon tonight due to Roth having a heart attack.
KINGMADE- September 25, 2011 at 12:22 am
Worst fucking card...
Acrocerid- September 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm
Anderson Silva v Jon Jones. Could be the most vicious leg kick victory. Silva is no stranger to 205. Winner gets St. Pierre at middleweight. A mini-tournament for TWO BELTS. Everybody goes home happy.
Clue-by-Four- September 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm
Jones completely owned Rampage, that was incredibly satisfying. I have to tip my hat to Rampages classy post-fight speech though. I didn't think he had that in him.

As for Jones' next fight, I think it's going to end with Jones passing little chunks of Rashad in his stool. Evans has zero chance.