UFC 135′s Three Stars: Jones, Koscheck and Diaz

Maggie Hendricks
September 26, 2011

The UFC went to mountains on Saturday, and while the elevation made for some long heavyweight bouts, stars did shine. Here are Cagewriter's picks for the three stars of the evening. Tell us your picks in the comments or on Facebook.

No. 1 star -- Jon Jones: Quinton Jackson wanted "his" belt back, but after Jones picked him apart and choked him out, that belt belongs to no one but Jones. Jackson pointed out that he was in the best shape of his life, and Jones still owned him. Rashad Evans is up next for the champ. Can Jones keep his streak going against his former friend?

No. 2 star -- Josh Koscheck: Taking the fight on very short notice, Koscheck showed that nine months on the shelf didn't slow him at all. His knockout of UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes earned Kos a $75,000 knockout of the night bonus.

No. 3 star -- Nate Diaz: After bouncing back and forth between welterweight and lightweight, Diaz looked comfortable at lightweight as he outboxed Takanori Gomi, then finished him with an armbar. That submission earned him a $75,000 submission of the night bonus. Diaz said that he was done with welterweight, and with that result, who can blame him?