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UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage

  • Referee Josh Rosenthal, right, looks on as Jon Jones, top, of Endicott, N.Y., pins Rampage Jackson, of Irvine, Calif., to the mat during the fourth round of their UFC light heavyweight title bout, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Denver. Jones won the fight with a knockout in the fourth round.

    Rampage Jackson looks ahead after UFC 135 loss to Jon Jones

    September 25, 2011

    DENVER — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made a grand entrance into the UFC 135 post-fight press conference after losing via fourth-round submission to Jon Jones. Jackson arrived about 15 minutes late and interrupted the proceedings to offer an apology and reason for his absence. “I had to take a shower because Jon Jones put some funk on me,” Jackson joked.

  • Jon Jones, left, of Endicott, N.Y., gets in a kick to the head of Rampage Jackson, of Irvine, Calif., during the first round of their UFC light heavyweight title bout, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Denver.

    UFC 135 results: Jon Jones chokes out Rampage Jackson in fourth round

    September 24, 2011

    DENVER — Their parade of dislike stretched far and wide. The feud between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson started from the moment they began promoting their UFC 135 light heavyweight championship belt.

  • Light heavyweight fighter "Suga" Rashad Evans prepares to step on the scale during an official weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center May 28, 2010. Evans will fight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in UFC 114 main event at the MGM Grand Grand Garden Arena Saturday.

    Rashad Evans picks Rampage Jackson to win, but pulling for Jon Jones

    September 23, 2011

    If anyone could have seen the rivalry between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson coming, it was Rashad Evans.

  • UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones of Endicott, N.Y., stares down contender Quinton "Rampage" Jackson of Irvine, Calif., after weigh-in Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Denver. The two will fight for the UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.

    UFC 135 weigh-in: Rampage Jackson promises ‘to end’ Jon Jones’ hype

    September 23, 2011

    DENVER — It’s a good thing UFC President Dana White developed quick feet years ago as an amateur boxer. The fighters at the UFC 135 weigh-in Friday — all of whom made weight — put White to the test. White usually lets his fighters manage their own stare down photos after making weight and only breaks them apart when necessary.

  • Jon Jones works out during UFC 126 open workouts Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    Jon Jones’ image has changed, but the champion says he’s the same

    September 22, 2011

    DENVER — Jon Jones tore off parts of his training gear, added his signature and tossed the makeshift souvenirs into a rabid crowd of fans at Thursday’s open workouts. The fans jockeyed their way to the front as items like Jones’ gloves bounced off as many as three sets of hands before an ecstatic onlooker came down with them.

  • Georges St-Pierre, right, from Montreal, lands a left to the chin of  Josh Koscheck, from Waynesburg, Pa., during their welterweight title bout at UFC 124 in Montreal. St. Pierre won a unanimous decision to retain his title.

    The return of Josh Koscheck could coincide with the exit of Matt Hughes

    September 21, 2011

    DENVER — Josh Koscheck is receiving a sabbatical from his token role as a UFC card’s mouthy villain for once. The 33-year old welterweight regularly offends his opponent with words, but he’s stayed relatively quiet entering his UFC 135 co-main event against Matt Hughes. That’s partly because the ongoing talking war between main event participants Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has hogged all the attention.

  • Quinton Jackson hits Matt Hamill with a forearm during their bout at UFC 130 Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jackson won by decision.

    UFC 135 betting odds and picks

    September 21, 2011

    DENVER — The four members of Las Vegas Sun’s picks panel came to a unanimous decision on who would win in five of UFC 135’s 10 bouts. Surprisingly, the main event between light heavyweights Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was not one of those contests. The championship bout is the most lopsided on the card, according to oddsmakers, with Jones installed as a -600 favorite (risking $6 to win $1). Jackson comes back as a +400 underdog.

  • Jon Jones flexes after making weight during the weigh-in for UFC 126 on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    Trash talk between Jon Jones, Rampage Jackson intensifies UFC 135

    September 20, 2011

    If the UFC ever wants an example to show fighters how to effectively promote a major bout, it could use this weekend’s meeting between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The banter between Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has transformed Saturday’s UFC 135 light heavyweight championship bout from decently hyped to one of the most anticipated scraps of the year.

  • Quinton Jackson smiles after defeating Matt Hamill at UFC 130 Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    A glance at next month’s UFC 135 card

    August 9, 2011

    Get ready for a triangle of trash talk leading into next month’s UFC 135. The main event of the card slated for Sept. 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver pits Jon Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) for the light heavyweight championship. As the 24-year old Jones has risen up the ranks and captured the title, he’s become more open and willing to verbally spar with other fighters.

  • Nate Diaz glares at Dong Hyun Kim as he leaves the arena after their fight at UFC 125 Saturday, January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kim won by decision.

    UFC 135 adds Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi

    June 20, 2011

    A matchup titled Gomi vs. Diaz invokes fond memories of a brawl from mixed martial arts fans. In early 2007, Nick Diaz defeated then-PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi via second round submission at the Thomas & Mack Center. Four-and-a-half years later, Gomi will face another Diaz. UFC officials announced Monday night that Gomi would meet Nate Diaz, Nick’s younger brother, in a lightweight scrap at UFC 135 September 24 in Denver.

  • Tony Ferguson celebrates his first round knock out of Ramsey Nijem during their bout at The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 finale Saturday, June 4, 2011.

    The Ultimate Fighter’ 13 champion booked to fight at UFC 135

    June 27, 2011

    The most recent winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” will soon make his first appearance since winning the 13th season of the reality show — albeit in a different weight class. UFC officials announced Thursday that Tony Ferguson (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will face Aaron Riley (30-12-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC 135 on Sept. 24 in Denver.

  • Jon Jones does a cartwheel as he enters the arena to face Ryan Bader for their light heavyweight bout at UFC 126 Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Jones won by submission.

    Fight between Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson set for UFC 135

    June 15, 2011

    Mixed martial arts’ newest superstar will officially meet one of the sport’s biggest names in his first title defense. UFC officials confirmed Tuesday that Jon Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will face each other in a light heavyweight title bout in the UFC 135 main event September 24 in Denver, Colo.