Jon “Bones” Jones will make his first title defense against former UFC and PRIDE champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 this Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
After capturing the UFC light heavyweight crown by stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in March, Jones (fighting out of Endicott, N.Y.) makes his first title defense in Denver when he meets Rampage Jackson. At 13-1, the 23-year-old Team Jackson fighter owns wins over the likes of Stephan Bonnar, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader.
With his bone-crushing power and seek-and-destroy mentality, “Rampage” Jackson (fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) owns victories over some of the sport’s all-time greats, including Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and Chuck Liddell. While his opponent on Sept. 24 appears to be heading toward a similarly historic career, Jackson (32-8) looks to end Jones’ surge when the two battle for the title at Pepsi Center.
Rampage spoke with MMAWeekly about his upcoming title shot, you can check out the interview below: