Now It’s Official: Jon ‘Bones’ Jones Meets Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at UFC 135 in Denver

June 15, 2011
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It was almost a certainty following UFC 130 that once doctors cleared Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson that they would meet as the headline fight for UFC 135 in September.

Now it’s official.

UFC officials on Wednesday announced that verbal agreements are in place for Jones and Jackson to square off on Sept 24 in Denver, Colo with the light heavyweight title on the line.

The only hold up for the bout originally were hand injures that both Jones and Rampage were dealing with, but medical clearances have been given and the fight is full steam ahead for UFC 135.

Jones will look to defend his UFC light heavyweight title for the first time since a dominant performance over former champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in March to win the belt. Following the fight, Jones was contemplating having surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb, but further testing revealed that he could recover well enough just resting the injury and wearing a hard cast for a few weeks.

On Friday, Jones went back to see his doctor to get the clearance needed for the fight, and judging by Wednesday’s announcement that clearance has been given.

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will take a second stab at UFC light heavyweight gold when he faces Jones in September. Jackson won the belt by defeating Chuck Liddell, and after a successful title defense over Dan Henderson, lost the title in a 5 round fight with Forrest Griffin.

Jackson will look to add another belt to his trophy case when he faces Jones this September.

The bout between Jones and Jackson will headline UFC 135 at Denver’s Pepsi Center, with more bout expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

  • afk

    jackson needs to bring his a game and aggressiveness if he wants to win this one

  • rob da rippah

    Waste of time, Jones is gonna destroy Rampage. This fight is gonna hurt Jackson’s career, He’s too one dimensional to beat Jones.

    • wonggfan

      This fight doesn’t hurt Jackson’s career. Both Chuck and Wanderlei fought 4~5 fights after it became clear that they would never make champion. Jackson wants to go that route.

      Jackson will lose. Then he can ask for a rematch with Shogun or ask for Ryan Bader or another up and coming guys that he has some chance of beating. He can fight Thiago Silva or Brandon Vera if he loses to Ryan Bader.

      Rampage could prolong his career if he could take the fight to decision, even if he loses.

  • BigGuy

    I like Rampage, but I don’t even see this going past the first round. Jones will win.

    • wonggfan

      It’s been more than 5 years since Ramapge got a beating.

      I remember him being chased out of Pride because of the brutal beating he received from Wanderlei and Shogun. No one can forget about those beatings.

      Then he came to the UFC, put Chuck out of his misery, then ever since that been fighting overrated UFC fighters while refusing a rematch against Shogun.

      He thinks beating Keith Jardine and Matt Hamil equals #1 contender.

      There is a good chance that he will pull out. And he will get so pwned if he actually fights Jones.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    I agree Jones will win this fight but I hope Rampage can find the motivation to keep fighting afterwards

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    Yup. I love Rampage but he doesnt stand a chance, Jones is a fucking beast.

  • mikefries171

    Bullshit stop protecting jones, rampage is not a tough fight for jones let’s get machida in there!

    • XIRandomHeroIX

      After the one sided beating he gave Shogun do you think Machida is really gonna fare any better? However Machida brings a different style and I would love to see how Jones would handle the more defensive, counter striking of The Dragon.

  • Umbreon

    Page should retire i don’t see him beating anyone that’s decent hamil wasn’t even decent just fake hype