UFC 135 met the public’s “Mile High” expectations by delivering some extremely exciting affairs including, of course, Jon Jones’ successful title-defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
“Fight of the Night” and $75,000 each went to the headliners after Jones locked in a Rear-Naked Choke in the fourth frame of his bout with Jackson. Jones improved his record to 14-1 with the victory though his only loss was the result of dominating an opponent too badly with a DQ defeat after landing an illegal elbow to an already-rocked Matt Hamill. The finish of “Rampage” was the first in more than five years.
Headliner aside, Nate Diaz won “Submission of the Night” and the attached cash after tapping out Takanori Gomi with less than a minute remaining in the opening round of the bout. The win was Diaz’s tenth by way of submission.
Finally, “Knockout of the Night” was awarded to Josh Koscheck after stopping Matt Hughes with strikes a tick from the end of the first frame. It was Hughes’ second consecutive finish by way of strikes and may mark the end of his storied career.
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