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UFC 135 official -- Jones vs. Rampage

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  1. KingCheetah

    KingCheetah Contributing Member

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    Some other interesting things in the article.
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    Dana White says UFC 135 official, and Jones to make title defense

    A few tidbits from UFC president Dana White today, who held his usual court with reporters after the UFC 131 news conference:

    If everything checks out with his health, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will have his first title defense against Quinton Jackson on Sept. 24, at UFC 135 in Denver.

    “That is the date he will headline, in Colorado,” White said. “Assuming [Jones] has healed. Doctor’s got to say his hand’s OK [first], and he’s got to get in the gym to prove it.”

    The advantages are stacking up for Jones. He trains at Greg Jackson’s in Albuquerque at altitude, so his first title defense at 205 pounds occurring in the Mile High City will work in his favor. The date also occurs only six weeks after UFC 133 in Philadelphia, where No. 1 contender Rashad Evans is fighting Phil Davis, so if Jones is cleared to fight the timing could mesh for a late-2012 meeting between Evans and Jones. That is if everything lines up just right.

    UFC 135 will also feature a welterweight tilt between Diego Sanchez and Matt Hughes, and will be the first event in Denver proper, since Zuffa bough the company in 2002."

    White also said that, from this day forward, all non-title main events --regardless if they are major pay-per-views or free televised cards -- will be five rounds. The one exception is the Davis/Evans fight, because that contract was signed previously to the decision to lengthen main events in general.

    When I asked him if there would be asterisks involved, such as a fighter jumping into the main event on short notice, or a co-main event being bumped up to become the main event as happened with Matt Hamill and Quinton Jackson at UFC 130, White said there were no exceptions -- all main events are five rounds.

    “For Spike and everything else, all five rounds,” he said. “If you’re in the main event you have to fight five rounds. Even if it’s short notice.”

    That’s fairly a significant detail for how gyms will need to alter training camps, as now the possibility of fighting five rounds rather than three will be in the back of a fighter’s mind.

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  2. redwhiteone

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    I hoped that it would be Machida but oh well. RIP...Rampage in pieces.
     
  3. RoxSqaud

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    About damn time.

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    I love Rampage....but Jones will show why he is the best fighter in the world.

    Yup....The best.
     
  4. MourningWood

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    I'd put my money on Bones, no doubt, but Rampage seems like a dangerous match-up stylistically. Bones has a tendency to be overly aggressive during his unorthodox assaults, and Rampage is arguably the most heavy-handed counter puncher in the business. Bones will obviously try to drag Rampage to the mat (though Jackson possesses world class takedown defense), and if he happens to over-expose himself during one of his frenzied attacks, Jackson will put him to sleep with his signature left hook.

    Forget being stopped, Bones has NEVER even taken significant damage during his stint in the UFC. We've never seen Bones fight with his back against the wall, as he typically overwhelms his opponent and dictates the action. Both fighters have the ability to end it at the drop of a dime, but I wouldn't count out Rampage. He's far more experienced and is a proven giant killer, having already stopped 2 of the most vicious strikers in the history of the sport (Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva).
     
  5. Dave2000

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    dammit whats left for our PPV in Oct??? :(
     
  6. apollo33

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    Rampage isn't as motivated as before. He pretty much stated he now only fights for the money. I wish he would train just a bit harder and put more heart and effort into it.
     
  7. Prince

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    one way to motivate Rampage is to let Jones wear a wig so he looks like a woman.
     
  8. Wakko67

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    Rampage is always a wild card. He could very well beat Jones, but who knows which Rampage shows up. Either way this should be a great fight.
     
  9. Shrimz

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    Jon Jones really proved himself to me in the title fight. Dude's got what it takes and is really young
     
  10. 1JumpShot

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    Rampage is true alpha-male, but I wonder sometimes if he really is a bully or he's just playing around..
     
  11. MourningWood

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    In the words of Bart Scott, CAN'T WAIT:

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  12. RAID

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    I think Rampage is going to run into the same problems that Shogun had with Bones. If he tries to stand up and bang, Jones will use his reach advantage (84.5" vs 73") to keep him at a safe distance. And I don't see Rampage trying to take Jones to the ground. But if it goes there, Jones will dominate as well.
     
  13. VanityHalfBlack

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    Rampage does not have a shot at all, at all!!!! He is going to get murdered by Jones!!!
     
  14. RudyTBag

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    You heard it here first. Rampage is going to absolutely wipe Jon Jones off the face of the earth.
     
  15. rolyat93

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    They trained together didn't they? Not saying Rampage is going to win for sure, but I'd put money on him just because the payoff will probably be pretty substantial since Jones is gones to be a big favorite.
     
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    <iframe width="560" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GCfP44lOCwc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I love me some Rampage but I have a hard time seeing him win cause he's so one diminesional now. All he does is box now days and so if he can't find Jones chin it's going to be a long night for him. Jones is way to creative and unorthodox with his striking and his reach is going to annoy Rampage.

    I'm really hoping Rampage smashes Jones though.
     
  17. Asian Sensation

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    No. You're thinking of Rashad Evans.
     
  18. apollo33

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    I hope so, I hope Jones tries something flashy with his chin out there, and Rampage left hooks him into the next galaxy.

    But that probably won't happen. Though Rashad will probably handle him after rampage, if that doesnt happen, we still got machida left...
     
  19. RudyTBag

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    I'd like to see another Evans/Page fight too...
     
  20. sew

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    God, I hope Rampage destroys him. Not sure what it is, but Bones just rubs me the wrong way.

    I don't think he stands much of a chance, however. Bones is too good.
     

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