UFC 135: Jon Jones Vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

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Josh Rosenthal is the referee for tonight’s main event, a battle for the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Jones won’t give Jackson the eyes in the staredown.

Round 1: Jon Jones starts the fight crouching like Spider-Man and goes for the takedown before long. Jackson stuffs it but Jones turns him into the fence. Rampage turns him into the fence, but then Jones latches onto his neck and reverses him. He lands a hard elbow. Jones keeping Rampage pressed into the fence, but he breaks free. Jones flicks out a font kick. Jones hits a leg kick and then they clinch up. Jones tries to toss Rampage to the mat but he keeps to his feet. He chases Jones down with a flurry, but Jones keeps on the outside and lets go with kicks. He lands a kick to the knee that looks t have bothered Jackson. Jones is landing kicks at will, mostly to the legs. Jones clinches with Jackson and presses him into the cage. Jones throws the spinning elbow before letting Jackson to his feet. Rampage avoids the takedown and then whiffs on some hard-thrown punches.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 2: Rampage takes to the center and starts taking kicks again while looking for his way in. Jones whiffs on the spinning elbow and Jackson ducks under it to look for the takedown. Jones defends. Jackson lands a nice leg kick. Jackson is looking like he’s feeling the effects of this fight already. He eats a straight right hand. Jones continues to get out of the way of his lunging punches. Jones continues to fire off the high kick and, even though Jackson is getting his hand up, that damage will add up. Jackson is growing hesitant and letting Jones time him. Jones lets go of a leg kick. Jackson lands a left hand but then gets kicked off balance. Jones with a spinning back kick. Another head kick. Rampage is starting to look like a deer in the headlights. Rampage is leaping in with the left hook, but Jones won’t have it. Rampage is slipping a good amount of Jones’ punches, but he’s not doing much aside from moving his head. They clinch and Jones drops for the triangle at the bell.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 3: Rampage throws a leg kick and it’s caught, but they don’t clinch for long. Another leg kick from Rampage and his follow-up hook comes closer than most anything else he’s thrown. Jones switches stance and throws a straight left, then lands another kick before taking Jackson down with ease and taking side control, then mount. Three minutes to go and Jackson is down against the fence. He eats a few elbows before bucking to his feet. Jones presses him against the fence; Rampage is bleeding. Jones is landing at will. Rampage tries to chase him down with power punches but Jones just slips out of the way, causing Jackson to crash into the cage. Jones with the flying knee. Jones lands a look-away right hand and then just walks after him. He drops for the takedown and dumps Rampage over him after the bell.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 4: Jackson gets tagged by a lead left hook, but Jones misses on a follow-up kick and falls down, allowing Jackson to grab hold of him. Jones grabs his neck and drags him down against the cage, taking his back and slapping on the rear naked choke. Jackson taps.

Jackson gives Jones props in the middle of the cage, they exchange words.

Jon Jones defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:14 of round 4

Jones says that he worked harder than ever on his striking because Jackson insulted his power. He says that his coaches told him Jackson was breaking in the fourth round and to finish it then.

Jackson explains that he’s in the best shape of his life and that Jones is just that good. He thought he was just hype, but now takes his hat off to him. Says he doesn’t see anybody beating Jones anytime soon. He wants a rematch with Shogun in Japan. “I’m still gon’ get drunk tonight.”

Rashad Evans shows up and gives props to both fighters. Says he can’t wait to fight Jones. Jones says that he’s anticipating a lot of talk from Evans, but that he’s going to keep silent the whole time. Says he’s going to make Evans pay for “ruining his special night twice.”

That’s it from here folks, thanks for tuning in!

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