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Jon Jones retains title in impressive performance against Quinton Jackson at UFC 135

He came, he saw, he conquered.

UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones kept his impressive run in MMA going Saturday night at UFC 135 with another dominant showing against a more-experienced, highly-respected veteran. “Bones” brought a well-rounded approach into his main event match-up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and put him away a little over a minute into the fourth frame with a Rear-Naked Choke. The win was the fifth straight for Jones after being disqualified in a bout he was already winning against Matt Hamill and marked the first time Jackson had been finished since he days in PRIDE.

In co-headlining action, polarizing welterweight Josh Koscheck pounded out Matt Hughes with only a second remaining in the opening round of action. Hughes also suffered an early knockout in his previous bout and is no longer contractually obligated to the UFC though the 37-year old implied he was not ready to retire just yet in a speech after the fight’s conclusion.

Read below for a full list of UFC 135 results:

James Te Huna def. Ricardo Romero via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Cole Escovedo via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Junior Assuncao def. Eddie Yagin via Unanimous Decision
Tim Boetsch def. Nick Ring via Unanimous Decision
Tony Ferguson def. Aaron Riley via TKO Round 1 (Injury – Broken Jaw)
Nate Diaz def. Takanori Gomi via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Travis Browne def. Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision
Mark Hunt def. Ben Rothwell via Unanimous Decision
Josh Koscheck def. Matt Hughes via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Jon Jones def. Quinton Jackson via Submission Round 4 (Armbar)


MMATraining Take: A damn fine event minus the heavyweights who, surprisingly, were the only ones on the main card to go the distance. Jones looked fantastic and his ability to earn a stoppage against Jackson is one more feather in a cap that should be full of them by the end of his career. Koscheck looked like Koscheck – heavy hands, good wrestling – and Hughes looked like Hughes. The “country boy” can’t survive in fights against “Top 10” opposition it seems but give him a grappler and it could be a different story. I’m glad he’s not hanging his gloves up yet since he can now potentially retire on a high note, like he deserves to, as opposed to a knockout loss.


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