The Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. was home to UFC 135. This event, held on Sept. 24, 2011, featured one of the best mixed martial artists in the world against one of the most popular legends in history when Jon "Bones" Jones defended the UFC light heavyweight title against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Also on the card, Matt Hughes fought Josh Koscheck and Nate Diaz fought Japanese legend, Takanori Gomi. What were the biggest news stories to come out UFC 135?
Nate Diaz Submits Takanori Gomi
This fight was the beginning of a three-fight win streak for Diaz. Diaz shocked the MMA world by dominating Gomi, ending the fight late in the first round with an Armbar. This fight gave the MMA fans their first look of what appeared to be a new Diaz inside the Octagon. He followed this victory with a unanimous decision ruling against Donald Cerrone and a Guillotine Choke win against Jim Miller. He now awaits a title shot at the winner of Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar, but wouldn't be in that position without a win against Gomi.
Mark Hunt Begins Campaign Towards Top of Heavyweight Division
Heading into his fight with Ben Rothwell, Hunt had won his previous fight after dropping six straight. With the exception of his loss to Sean McCorkle, all his losses came to some of the best fighters in the world. He followed up the win against Rothwell with a TKO victory against Cheick Kongo and at 38-years-old, Hunt's name was recently being thrown around by the fans as a replacement for Alistair Overeem against Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title. The UFC decided to give Frank Mir the fight, but Hunt still has a chance to prove his worth against Stefan Struve in his next fight.
Jon Jones Dominates Rampage Jackson
Heading into this fight, Jackson was on a two-fight winning streak and many felt he could actually pose a serious threat to Jones and the world title. Instead, Jones toyed with the legend before finally ending the fight with a Rear-Naked Choke in the fourth round. To anyone who doubted how good Jones was coming into this fight, he proved that he can control any fighter, no matter what style they use. He has since defeated two other former champions, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans and has already cleared through all serious challengers in the weight class.
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