Jon Jones successfully made his first UFC Light-Heavyweight title defense against former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in dominant fashion. Jones surely did not need the spies that Rampage suggested he planted in his camps, as over the course of four rounds, the champ did whatever he wanted to the challenger, whenever he wanted. Jackson finally succumbed in the fourth round due to a rear naked choke, marking the first time since Rampage’s 2001 fight against Kazushi Sakuraba that he was forced to tap out.
Meanwhile, Josh Koscheck had an easy night against Matt Hughes, sending him to dreamworld in the first round. Kos earned himself a “Knockout out of the Night” bonus from Dana White. Hughes reassured fans that while he would go home to think things over, this was not the last we have seen of Matt Hughes in the octagon. Nate Diaz tapped out Takanori Gomi easily in their fight, starting with a chain of submissions from his back and ending with a picture-perfect armbar. To many fans, this vindicated brother Nick Diaz’s no-contest loss against Gomi back in Pride FC, when Diaz had his gogoplata victory struck from the record after testing positive for banned substances.
Travis Browne kept his undefeated streak alive with a decision win over Rob Broughton, albeit a dull and agonizing one for the fans. Also on the card, Mark Hunt outpointed Ben Rothwell, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 winner Tony Ferguson beat veteran Aaron Riley after breaking his jaw, and Tim Boetsch handed “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Nick Ring his first professional defeat. James Te Huna decimated former Ring of Combat champion Ricardo Romero in the first fight of the night, while Takeya Mizugaki wiped out former WEC champion Cole Escovedo in the second round.
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