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‘UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage’ Aftermath: Jon Jones, the Present of MMA

“No, your breath does not smell like doodoo. Don’t say that, Quinton”. (Photo:

There are some folks who believe that you’re not really a champion until you successfully defend your belt. For those of you who agree, meet Jon Jones, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

“Bones” did whatever he wanted from the opening bell, starting the fight crouched in a Bloodsport-inspired fighting stance (and yes, Steven Seagal is a little butthurt over that). From that moment his unorthodoxy never waned. Spinning elbows and kicks are common weapons in his arsenal, and he seemed as comfortable throwing them as ever. Jones shows no fear of what damage his opponent might do should he miss or leave himself open, and at this point it looks like we may never find out. According to FightMetric, Rampage failed to land a single power shot to the head. We’re all eager to laud Jones as the future of his division and the man to bring stability to 205lbs, and with good reason, but dammit I still want to see him get popped in the jaw a few times before we weld that belt around his waist.

As for Rampage, I thought his defense looked exceptional. For a guy “mesmerized” by Jones’ offense, he showed us that spinning elbows and kicks look a lot less impressive when they miss, and he ducked quite a few of them in this bout. He also managed to avoid several of those fancy trips and throws as well. I bet a lot of Memphis-based facial reconstructive surgeons were grinning ear-to-ear when Jones secured the mount, but Rampage showed some skill off his back in shucking the champion off and working to his feet. As for his offense…well, it was his usual two-pronged attack of lefts and rights. Sure, he threw out a token leg kick or two, but the versatility he showed in the Hamill fight was gone. Then again, a fight against Jon Jones may not be the best time to throw away your tried and true weapons in favor of a little experimentation. I expected a slow, flat-footed Rampage to get thoroughly worked over by a well-rounded fighter last night, and though he didn’t put the champ in any danger, I think he looked as good as anyone can against Jones at this point in time.

Damn, how much does Matt Hughes love to compete? The man has nothing left to fight for other than fighting itself, and at age 37, following his second consecutive first round knock out, he still can’t bring himself to retire. In a day when many fighters fight to protect their record or simply to collect a check, it’s nice to see someone step into the cage purely for a love of the game. But at the same time, the game he loves has changed. As much as Goldy and Rogan were celebrating the performance of “K1 Hughes” last night, I just didn’t see it. His jabs and left hooks may have succeeded in making Koscheck weary of his right eye, but they won’t succeed in putting away top competition, and for an aging wrestler in a division full of great wrestlers that spells trouble. When Kos started throwing his hands, that became clear once again. Hughes isn’t retiring, but he is placing himself “on a shelf”. That shelf holds numerous UFC records, countless belts, and an incredible legacy, and I think it’s a perfect place for him at this stage in his career.

It was hard for me to watch Mark Hunt and Ben Rothwell without thinking back to Dan Severn vs. Tank Abbott, which also went down in Denver back in 1995. If you didn’t catch that fight, there’s no rush to see it. The same goes for this one. I’ll cut them a little slack because they’re big boys fighting at altitude, but that doesn’t make it any prettier to watch. Joe Silva, when scheduling their next bouts, please consider a more suitable venue.

Gomi’s offense consisted solely of swinging that wild right for a one-punch knockout, and that proved to be a poor gameplan against a guy known for unrelenting combos. Diaz mixed in some heavy hands with the trademark Diaz “Stockton Slaps”, dropping Gomi early in the first. “The Fireball Kid” popped back up, but the punches kept coming. Diaz’s hands found their home again and again until Gomi took him down, but the former Pride champion found no refuge on the mat. Diaz instantly sunk in a triangle choke before switching to an armbar to elicit the tap. It was an impressive return to lightweight for the Cesar Gracie protege. This is Gomi’s second straight loss and his third in four fights, but with the UFC heading back to Japan he’s unlikely to be cut.


Full results (via

Main Card:

Jon Jones def. Quinton Jackson via Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:14, R4
Josh Koscheck def. Matt Hughes via KO (punches) at 4:59, R1
Mark Hunt def. Ben Rothwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27) at 5:00, R3
Travis Browne def. Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at 5:00, R3
Nate Diaz def. Takanori Gomi via Submission (armbar) at 4:27, R1.

Preliminary Card:

Tony Ferguson def. Aaron Riley via TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 5:00, R1
Tim Boetsch defeated Nick Ring via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at 5:00, R3
Junior Assunção def. Eddie Yagin via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) at 5:00, R3
Takeya Mizugaki def. Cole Escovedo via TKO (punches) at 4:30, R2
James Te Huna def. Ricardo Romero via KO (punches) at 0:47, R1


- Chris Colemon (@chriscolemon)

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ringjoker80- September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm
listen up people and joe silva write this one down jones versus machida thats right bones versus the dragon now that will be a ufc fight of all fights make it happen...
oc in this bitch- September 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm
u forget he didnt finish him at the end of 3 rounds so basically it was the same thing.
oc in this bitch- September 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm
he is like mayweather hes a running lil bitch who tries not to get into a real fight by stayin as far away from someone as possible.he wont be around the top for long someone like dos santos or nelson will eventually drop weight and horrify him.
oc in this bitch- September 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm
@mmainmyblood more like cum in ur butt
new to the sport ur funny as fuck up if u read correctly i said i havent missed but a few since then.ive been watchin the shit since about 95ish.and i also said my homie was one of the pioneers if u read my shit then u know who im talkin about.ur an idiot i remember watchin when ufc barely came idk what the fuck u think ur talkin about im 32 years old basically fuck ur pathetic shit talkin for real id slap ur lil 190 pound ass in real life.u r a tough guy
HandsofGold- September 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm
@Guy Fox Says

Sit in the crowd screaming "put him in a headlock" wear your affliction shirt and you know you do and continue to watch fights with your boyfriends as you tell them what you would have done if you where in there fighting. lmao

I said what i said about Karma because he always talks down on people on here when in all reality dude has no hands nor does he have grappling ability. But you wouldn"t know anything about that after all your a outsider looking in.
jaikin5- September 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm
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MMAINMYBLOOD- September 26, 2011 at 11:30 am
Ring Joker you are right this guy deserves credit but there are too many people out there that are just pissed off because they dont like Jones. They dont because he speaks properly and he is very calculated and confident and he finishes fights and he represents the sport well.. god forbid that happens people wish he was like Mayweather then they would be throwing him respect.
bitteralex- September 26, 2011 at 11:29 am
ok let me preface my comment by saying i'm a jones hater.. i am.. can't help it.. so my opinion is a little biased... but

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned jones kicks to the front of rampages knees... whether on the comments or on various mma sites... to me that's just a dirty tactic... you're aiming to injure your opponent by hyper extending that knee... I always assumed that it was an unspoken rule amongst fighters not to attack the knee like that because of the ease of injury...
I could be wrong or over-reacting here... but a few friends of mine have raised the issue in our discussions of the ppv...
perhaps its because I've had issues with my knees that it really strikes a chord with me but I couldn't believe Jones would employ such a dirty tactic...
I did not like the guy before... and have lost even more respect for him now...
MMAINMYBLOOD- September 26, 2011 at 11:26 am
*Florida had to look that one up too...
MMAINMYBLOOD- September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am
Oh yeah Smackbaby bitch im only 32 yrs old not 45 and I decided to check out where schools in forida rank there isnt one school in the top 20 so that just means anyone with a heartbeat and daddy's money can get an mba it's one of the easiest degrees to get, even if you do have an mba why cant you decipher a simple bullshit mma post that is all opinion ? If you dont you look like a douche for throwing that out there... either way you lose sir and good day.
MMAINMYBLOOD- September 26, 2011 at 11:08 am
Smackdaddiest1 I really dont care about your mba or degree in bullshit... all that proves is that you can sit through classes.. I just simply posted that Machida eeked out a win against Shogun and rashad is not a top tier lhw... . I never said he eeked a win out against rashad.. I had someone else point your post out to me because he said you were a complete idiot and must not read the things that you reply too.. Im sorry if it ticked you off but hey you attacked me and then get all angry about it when you clearly didnt understand what I posted...I dont know what college is like In florida but if you have an mba, thats probably the reason why this country is in the shitter.. and Im glad you can tell so much about me by my posts is that something they teach you in florida? Just so you know I am not living in my moms basement I am only about 190 lbs and I have a full head of hair so If I was you I would go back to that school of yours and ask for some if not all of your money back cuz its not helping you... do you understand this post or do I need to spell it out for you...?
ringjoker80- September 26, 2011 at 10:23 am
wow im surprised at all the hate you giving "bones" are you all kidding me he is sitting up here beating the best that ufc has to offer. you have to realize he will never get tested because he outsmarts everyone he fights. go back and watch all the fights he is a finisher. he did something rashad didnt do he finished rampage. he has too much offense and ring intelligence. face it john "bones" jones deserves respect not criticism.
Smackdaddiest1- September 26, 2011 at 10:21 am
For the record, I've been watching since UFC 1.

It's hilarious to me how when someone gets outed as not knowing what they're talking about, they always accuse the other person of having poor reading comprehension or not graduating high school. That's the true sign of internet tough guy living in Mom's basement at 45 yrs old, weighing about 450 lbs, receding hair line, etc.
Smackdaddiest1- September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am
You're all wasting your time by commenting on this story. Especially since MMAINMYBLOOD knows everyfuckinthing there is to know about MMA. He's watched every fight that's ever taken place but yet he said that Machida eeked out a couple of wins over top Light Heavyweights.

Give me a break dude, you got outed as a moron and now you're all butt sore for it. Who gives a shit how long you've been watching it. Doesn't make you know any more about it than me.

I have a MBA from the University of Florida, idiot. Getting your GED and working at Gamestop doesn't make you an expert on MMA, it makes you a loser. I comprehended your post perfectly fine, it was just so completely idiotic I couldn't let you get by without pointing out your flawed logic.

Grow up.
mma intelegence- September 26, 2011 at 8:15 am
I do beleive rampage was not his self during the fighting, he looked to be injured or suffering, I think a rematch is in order and rampage will defeat jones via vicious KO
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TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- September 26, 2011 at 6:38 am
@TKRomeo "Why does nobody ever get aggressive with Jon Jones? Rampage showed success pushing forward and cutting the cage off, but then he just stopped. WTF! Rashad will beat Jones."
Because they don't like getting fingers in their eyes. If you look you'll see that he keeps his arm extended w/ his fingers out towards his opponents face. So while he may not be actively poking them in the eye, they're hesitant to close the distance because he may "accidentally" poke them in the eye when them move forward.
Rampage even alluded to that in the post fight interview mentioning his "fingers".
Kind of a dirty trick using his freakish reach like that, but if fighters complain I'm sure internet tough guys would all call them cry babies.
MMAINMYBLOOD- September 26, 2011 at 4:27 am
Wow someone has been watching eight years watch out guys we got the Burt Sugar of mma over here... really? Once you hit 18 years then you can start giving your opinion... until then just remember you are new to the sport compared to allot of people out there and when you start dropping years on us like its an accomplishment its like you are trying to show you are relevant when you really are not.
oc in this bitch- September 26, 2011 at 12:40 am
@guy fox ur gay bud nice name too.ive been watchin this sport for oh lets say 8 years straight i havent missed but a handfull of any fights that are relevent to the buddy justin mccully started this shit way back more then qualified to give a good opinion.just because u like to see people be evasive and kick the whole and try to blow someones knee out the whole time doesnt mean i do.i like fights where punches are thrown.choking out is the easy way outif u know u cant knock him out or ur scared.not that its not hard its just way easier then puttin hands on someone.hes obviously scared to get hit in that lil tiny chin of his and when he does hell lose all and learn rookie
RSparrow- September 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm
Yes, Jones is a complete package... Why did Chael have success with Silva? Because he bum rushed him and brought the fight to him. Fucking BUM RUSH!!! So frustrating to watch someone get picked apart... sure, you might eat some shots going in, but if you want a chance to take this kid out, you need to get inside. I know it's easier said then done, and by no means am I saying i got the guy figured out... but it seems blatantly obvious someone's gonna have to Chael this guy. I hope Rashad can do it, I gotta see how this kid reacts when hes popped... then we will see what kinda champ he is. Edgar is a perfect example.
Guy Fox- September 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

wow hit a soft spot there buddy? you dont have to tell me how amazing you are internet tough guy,Your gonna talk shit to another fighter (karma) and then tell me how badass you are? sounds like you got a ego problem.
Guy Fox- September 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm
oc in this bitch,

your comment shows you know nothing of this sport, he ran around like a little bitch? get over yourself already, -he should have stood and banged with rampage? why would he need to do that when he chocked him out LMAO!
Guy Fox- September 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm
TheCanadian, jones got no class? for standind up on jackson at the end of the round lol! after all the things jackson said about him why would he treat jackson with respect? he made jackson look like a little bitch plain and simple.
Giblets- September 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm
@Karma, your totally right dude, you gotta give credit where credits due, bones looked fucking amazing out. Rampage was the best I've ever seen him and he looked confused as shit after the first round.
Bones is a cocky muthafucka but after that he really deserves to be. I hope he fucks up Rashad!