Last weekend’s title fight between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson generated a ton of hype – which it lived up to – and that is clearly evidenced by the gate and attendance figures released today by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies’ Office of Boxing.
UFC 135: Jones vs. Jackson pulled in 16,344 spectators (2,097 tickets were comped) for a live gate of $2.1 million, coming in third so far out of UFC events held in 2011.
The only two events which boast higher numbers than UFC 135 this year are UFC 129, which was held at the Rogers Centre stadium and broke the North American record for MMA attendance and gate, and UFC 127, which went down in Sydney, Australia.
The event saw young dynamo Jonny “Bones” Jones live up to the hype and trounce a motivated and fit Quinton “Rampage” Jackson over four rounds of fighting. Jones was in control of the bout from start to finish, using his reach and unpredictability to keep Jackson confused, hesitant and off-rhythm. By the time Jones got Jackson down to the mat early in the fourth round, it looked like Rampage was ready for a way out; Jones latched on the rear naked choke and tapped Rampage out for the first time since 2001.
UFC 135 went down at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, September 24.