The puck doesn’t drop on the Colorado Avalanche season for another two weeks, but plenty of fists will be thrown tonight at the Pepsi Center as the UFC returns to the state where it all started. Coming to us live from Denver, Colorado it’s UFC 135. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will provide full results including a round-by-round recap of all the live televised action.
The night kicks off on Facebook at approximately 6:30 PM EST. Then at 8:00 PM EST, two preliminary fights will air live on SpikeTV. Finally, an hour later the main card goes live on PPV.
UFC 135 was highlighted by the performance of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his belt against former champion Quinton Jackson. Jones controlled the distance with his kicks and used his strength to muscle around “Rampage” in the clinch, suffering very little damage in the process. After dominating the first three rounds of action, Jones put Jackson away in the fourth round with a rear naked choke submission, becoming the first man in the UFC to finish the Memphis native.
In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck returned to his winning ways by finishing Hall of Famer Matt Hughes with one second remaining in the opening frame. Hughes got off to a good start, establishing his jab and landing some punches on Koscheck, but the AKA talent finally found his range and connected with a couple of big rights that stumbled the former welterweight champion. Koscheck finished off Hughes on the ground with a series of hammerfists just before the horn sounded.
Read below of full results:
PRELIMINARY CARD (FACEBOOK)
James Te Huna def. Ricardo Romero via KO Round 1 (Punches)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Cole Escovedo via TKO Round 2 (Punches)
Junior Assuncao def. Eddie Yagin via Unanimous Decision
PRELIMINARY CARD (SPIKETV)
Tim Boetsch vs. Nick Ring
Round One:Boetsch came out aggressive but Ring used his speed to stay away. Ring stuffed a takedown and made Boetsch pay with knees to the shoulder in the sprawl position. Back on the feet, Boetsch continued to press forward and landed some solid strikes but Ring took them with ease and moved away. Ring didn’t really counter though when Boetsch moved in. Not a very exciting round and I have a feeling that Boetsch is going to take it based on aggressiveness. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch.
Round Two: Boetsch once again came out aggressive and landed some good right hands. Boetsch dropped Ring, but he was up quickly. They ended up in a clinch and Boetsch went for a guillotine, pulled guard, but couldn’t finish it. Ring got to his feet and ate a left hook on the way up. Boetsch his a nice trip and almost finished with a kimura at the end of the round but the horn sounded. Very good round for Boetsch. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch.
Round Three: Another fast start for Boetsch, who presses forward with hooks. Ring tried to slow things down in the clinch, but Boetsch muscled him into the cage. Ring landed a couple of good strikes but Boetsch clinched and put him on his back. Boetsch couldn’t do anything from the guard though and the ref ended up standing them back on the feet. Boetsch his a beautiful throw, right into the crucifix position, and land some elbows before Ring scrambled. Boetsch stayed on top though and grounded and pounded Ring until the bell rang. Another very good round for Boetsch, and while he may have lost the first round, he definitely won the last two. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch and the fight 30-27 for Boetsch.
Result: Tim Boetsch def. Nick Ring via Unanimous Decision
Tony Ferguson vs. Aaron Riley
Round One: Quick start with both men throwing a lot of punches. Riley was getting to Ferguson early but then Ferguson started to settle down, find his range, and land good combinations on the chin of Riley. Ferguson rocked Riley with a couple of lead uppercuts but Riley survived as Ferguson pressed forward. Riley appeared to catch Ferguson with a low kick but Ferguson fired right back with a straight right. Ferguson really picked apart Riley with his hands but Riley hung tough and fired back. Slow start but a very good round for Ferguson with his hands. Riley’s jaw ended up getting broken and he couldn’t continue to fight.
Result: Tony Ferguson def. Aaron Riley via TKO Round 1 (Broken Jaw/Punches)
Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi
Round One:Gomi got caught with a straight left early and dropped to a knee, but it seemed like a slip since he was throwing one of his wild hooks. Diaz picking apart Gomi, using his reach, while Gomi looking to counter with one of his heavy punches. Diaz landed a series of one-two combos to hurt Gomi and force Gomi into a takedown. Diaz stuffed the takedown and had the back but Gomi got up. Diaz kept picking him apart and Gomi went for a takedown. Diaz happily went to his back, looked for a variety of submissions, and finally locked up an armbar to force the tap out. Absolutely outstanding performance by Diaz.
Result: Nate Diaz def. Takanori Gomi via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton
Round One: Browne looked very light on his feet early, getting in and out with his strikes before Broughton could counter. Browne had a lot of success with the leg kicks and right hand while Broughton couldn’t get much going. Browne stumbled Broughton with a left hook but then went for a flying knee and ended up in the clinch. Browne got a late round takedown, moved right into mount, and landed some elbows before the round ended. Not too much action, but a very good round for Browne. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Browne.
Round Two: Slow start, with Browne continuing to just use his speed and leg kicks but not really pressing. Finally he turned up the aggression, landed a huge flurry, and finished it with a series of knees to the head in the clinch. Instead of continuing that though, Browne went back to “coast mode” and just bounced around while pecking at Broughton. Browne got another takedown and once again moved right to mount. Browne roughed him up with some punches, but couldn’t finish as the round ended. Another pretty dull round for the most part but another good round for Browne. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Browne.
Round Three: Broughton came out with some urgency but ate a couple of punches and went to clinch. Browne pushed away and then put Broughton on his back, this time with plenty of time left in the round. Broughton tried to get up, but Browne stayed on top and mounted him with two minutes left. Broughton regained guard without taking too much damage and almost locked up a kimura but Browne defended well. The round ended with Browne in control. Lackluster round to end a lackluster fight. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Browne and the fight 30-27 for Browne.
Result: Travis Browne def. Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision
Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt
Round One: Hunt was doing well on his feet, landing punches on the chin of Rothwell, but Rothwell just exploded with a takedown and got Hunt on his back. Rothwell got to mount but couldn’t keep Hunt down as he was able to scramble up. Hunt landed some more punches and continued to stuff the takedown of Rothwell. Hunt actually got on top but Rothwell and did some damage, but Rothwell got up. Rothwell eventually got Hunt back down to the ground and landed some good punches and elbows from side control as the round ended. Both men did damage with their strikes, but Rothwell took the round with takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell.
Round Two: Hunt started to use leg kicks in this round and they landed hard. Rothwell tried for a takedown, but Hunt stuffed it and put Rothwell on his back. Hunt landed some good ground and pound from the full guard and then passed to side control. Rothwell tried to scramble but Hunt mounted him, landed him some punches, and even tried to finish with an armbar but the round expired. Very good round for Hunt. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Hunt.
Round Three: Rothwell is dead tired to start the round. Hunt landed some big punches but Rothwell has a great chin and managed to stay standing. Rothwell tried a sloppy takedown and Hunt ended up putting him on his back. Nothing happened though and the ref stood them up. Now Hunt is dead tired. Rothwell tried another sloppy takedown but Hunt sprawled and landed some punches from turtle position. Rothwell kept looking for sloppy takedown, Hunt avoided, and then Hunt got a takedown and went to side control. The ref stood them up from side control. Hunt landed some big punches, including a head kick. Hunt for another takedown but Rothwell sprawled and ended the fight on top. A sloppy round of action, but one that should go in the favor of Hunt. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Hunt and the fight 29-28 for Hunt.
Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck
Round One: Hughes trying to establish the jab early but not really connecting as both men try to find the range. Koscheck caught Hughes with a left hook and Hughes came back with a left hook of his own. Hughes started to land with the jab and put a good right behind it. Hughes landed a solid right uppercut. Koscheck tried a takedown but Hughes stuffed it. Koscheck caught Hughes with a couple of right hands and Hughes stumbled. Hughes went to clinch and Koscheck landed some more right hands. Hughes tried to pull guard but Koscheck landed some big right hands including a couple of hammerfists that put Hughes out cold just as the horn sounded.
Result: Josh Koscheck def. Matt Hughes via KO Round 1 (Punches)
Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson
Round One: Jones started the fight from all fours and tried for a takedown but Jackson stuffed it. Jones clinched and landed a big elbow before they finally broke. Jones kept Jackson at bay with kicks. Whenever Jackson would get inside, Jones would clinch and use his strength to muscle Jackson into the cage. Jones landed the spinning elbow on the break. Jackson avoided a takedown and then swung wildly with some hooks, and Jones was able to just sway back and avoid them. Good round for Jones. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jones.
Round Two: Jackson doing a nice job avoiding the takedowns from the clinch but he’s not making Jones pay. At the distance, Jones just continued to use his kicks to keep the range. Jackson not getting off at all in this round while Jones continues to attack with quick leg kicks. Jackson having a little success with the lead left hook, but doesn’t follow with anything. The round ended with Jones pulling guard and going for a triangle but the horn sounded before he could lock it up. Another strong round for Jones. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jones.
Round Three: Jones went for a guillotine early but Jackson shoved him away and just missed with the right hand. Jackson started using leg kicks but Jones returned fire. Jones got a takedown and moved right to mount. Jackson exploded to his feet after eating some elbows but he’s cut. Jones continues with the kicks. Jones buckled Jackson a bit with the front kick to the knee. Jackson chased him with hooks but Jones easily moved away. Jones hitting Jackson with everything he’s throwing and Jackson not getting anything going. Another dominant round for Jones. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jones.
Round Four: An early left hook seemed to hurt Jackson but Jones couldn’t capitalize. Jones got the takedown, took the back of Jackson as he tried to get up, and sunk in a rear naked choke for the victory.
Result: Jon Jones def. Quinton Jackson via Submission Round 4 (Rear Naked Choke)