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)
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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.