Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson Full Fight Video

UFC 135 was held on Sept 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. The main event featured a light heavyweight championship bout between champion, Jon “Bones” Jones and challenger, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

This would be Jones first defense of the title since defeating “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128, on March 19, 2011. His rise to the top had been very exciting, but many were wondering if his rise had been too easy. Now that he was the official belt holder it seems the true tests were about to begin. First on tap, was former light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Rampage had won his last 4 out 5 fights, only losing to Rashad Evans by decision. He had not been the light heavyweight champ since losing the belt to Forrest Griffin back in 2008. He had serious knockout power in both hands, and was extremely hungry to wear UFC gold once more. He felt that he was more experienced than Jones, and that experience would give him the edge in the fight. Rampage had also never been knocked out or submitted in the Octagon, and he felt that Jones did not have the power or the skills to be the one to finish him. Many fight fans felt that this was Jones true test, and that Rampage would be the one to take him out.

Round 1: Jones comes out crouched down in the 3 point stance as Rampage circles. He darts for Rampage’s legs and attempts a takedown, Rampage defends. Jones backs Rampage into the cage and controls him there while throwing several knees at Rampage’s legs. Jones lands a solid elbow and continues to control Rampage against the cage. Jones throws knees and holds Rampage for several minutes.

They finally separate and square off. Jones keeps Rampage at a distance with several front kicks to the body and face. Rampage only attempts a few punches that are way off the mark. In the final minute, Jones puts Rampage back into the cage and throws a spinning back elbow that lands on the top of Rampage’s head. Jones stays at distance again, throwing solid leg kicks, and side kicks to Rampage’s knees. Rampage closes the distance during the final seconds and throws 3 or 4 haymakers that all just barely miss Jones.

Round 2: Rampage comes out with more urgency immediately, but is still kept at distance by Jones kicks. The fight stays in the middle of the Octagon for the first couple of minutes, and Rampage is unable to mount any type of offense due to Jon Jones variety of kicks. Jones is throwing leg kicks, body kicks, head kicks, and side kicks to the thighs of Rampage, which seem to be very effective in keeping him at distance.

Rampage is barely getting off any shots as Jones continues to pick him apart from the outside. Jones gets so comfortable at one point, he throws a jumping, spinning back kick that lands to Rampage’s body. Jones unpredictability is always a factor in every fight. In the last 10 seconds of the round, Jones goes from controlling Rampage in the clinch, to flopping onto his back to attempt a triangle, against the worst fighter to try a triangle on.
He actually does get into the triangle position, but there’s only mere seconds left and the round ends.

Round 3: They meet in the center again, and Jones continues where he left off with the leg kicks. After a few seconds of feeling each other out, Rampage starts changing up his attack by throwing leg kicks. He lands 2 or 3 back to back. The leg kicks are the only success Rampage has had in the fight thus far. Jones starts throwing side kicks again and Rampage doesn’t respond with anything. About a minute and a half in, Jones takes Rampage down for the first time in the fight, and goes right into side control. After attempting a few elbows, Jones quickly gets into full mount position. Jones lands a couple of punches and throws one or two elbows, but they are not very damaging shots. Rampage does a good job of controlling Jones wrists from the bottom, and Rampage is able to hip escape and get back to his feet seconds later.

The right side of Rampage’s face is cut from one the elbows thrown. Jones starts throwing kicks again, and on his second kick attempt lands a front kick directly to Rampage’s face, Anderson Silva style. Jones continues to attack from a distance, consistently landing the side kick to the thighs and knees of Rampage. Jones lands a few punches as well, but nothing solid or damaging. Jones decides during the last minute to play a very dangerous game. He drops his hands in front of Rampage and showboats. Not the smartest strategy against Rampage Jackson, but Jones seems to be very comfortable at this point. Rampage doesn’t attempt any punches at this time. The final 5 seconds Jones drops down like he’s going for a takedown, and when the buzzer rings he hoists Rampage’s body up in the air as if to say “you got nothing for me”. It was an obvious dis to Rampage, but so far in the fight, it seemed to be true. Rampage looked like he had nothing for Jones.

Round 4: They come out briefly standing, Jones attempts kicks once again. Seconds later they clinch, Jones seeming to have the advantage. Jones holds on for several seconds in the upper position of the clinch. Jones then pushes Rampage back toward the cage, and drops down for a takedown. He gets Rampage’s back against the cage and grabs onto his neck. It almost looks like Jones is trying for a guillotine, but seconds later he lets go of his neck and postures up slightly. He pushes Rampage’s head back with his forearm, then starts throwing elbows at his face. Jones lands a solid knee to the body, which makes Rampage cover up slightly, and turn away.

Rampage gives up his back and Jones pounces right on him, putting his left leg around Rampage’s stomach. After getting one hook in, Jones seems effortlessly able to get his left arm around Rampage’s neck in the choke position. Jones quickly uses his right arm to lock in the rear-naked choke, and Rampage tries to defend it, but Jones flips Rampage on his side, still fully in the choke. Jones has it locked in tight and Rampage tries to pry it off. He is unable to, and Rampage is forced to tapout. Referee Josh Rosenthal separates the two, and Jon Jones wins the bout in the 4th round via rear-naked choke. Jones retains the light heavyweight title, and becomes the first fighter to finish Quinton Jackson by submission.

Another Co-Main Event is Announced for UFC 166

UFC 166 will be a headlined by a heavyweight match between Cain Velasquez and Junior “Cigano” dos Santos. The event will be on October 19, 2013 at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, United States. And a co-main event has been announced recently is a fight between heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson.

This was announced via Twitter by UFC management Monday saying that the two fighters have initiated a deal and they have both agreed and signed an informal agreement to witness. Let us see what Nelson and Cormier have in common that fans were delighted to learn about their up- coming match on the Octagon on October.

Roy “Big Country” Nelson is a 37-year old heavyweight fighter from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has 19 wins and 8 losses to his name. Nelson’s last bout was a loss against Stipe Miocic in the recent UFC 161 Evans versus Henderson event in June, Miocic won by unanimous decision. But before this devastating loss, Nelson has won three consecutive fights against Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman. Nelson is well known for his great punches; he has won most of his bouts by TKO or KO via punches. His bout against Herman at UFC 146 was a win because of one single punch that led Herman crashing to the canvass.

Daniel Cormier on the other hand should not be overlooked. He is a 34-year old heavyweight from San Jose, California. His fantastic record is a perfect 12 win, 0 losses since he started fighting pro in 2009. This will just be Cormier’s second bout under UFC with the first defeating Frank Mir in UFC on Fox 7 in April 2013. He has defeated amazing fighters like Dion Staring, Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Jeff Monson and David Cole when he was in Strikeforce. He also fought under Xtreme MMA and KOTC. Cormier is known for his versatility inside the Octagon; he had most of his wins via TKO and KO while about a quarter of his wins via submission using powerful punches.

Although UFC 166 is several weeks away, UFC management has already announced fighters who will be competing at the event in Houston, Texas. Other fighters are Gilbert Melendez versus Diego Sanchez, Hector Lombard versus Nate Marquart and Tony Ferguson versus Mike Rio. More pairs of fighters will surely be announced by UFC management in the incoming weeks.

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jay Hieron Full Fight Video

Georges St. Pierre took on Jay Hieron at UFC 48, which was held on June 19, 2004, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.

This was Jay Hieron’s first fight in the UFC. Prior to this match he was undefeated, carrying a 4-0 professional record. He was a solid striker with great wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills. People were looking forward to seeing how Jay would adapt to being in the UFC.

This was Georges St. Pierre’s 7th fight in the UFC. He was currently undefeated as well, carrying an impressive 6-0 UFC record. Out of those 6 victories, St. Pierre had finished 5 of those opponents. He was looking unstoppable at this point, so an impressive win over Jay Hieron would put him into title contention.

Round 1, both guys meet in the center of the Octagon. They circle each other, trying to feel each other out. They both throw jabs and kicks within the first 20 seconds. St. Pierre lands the harder of the punches. St. Pierre drops down and attempts a takedown but is defended well by Hieron.

They both continue to jab at each other in the center of the ring. St. Pierre attempts a head kick that misses. Seconds later, Hieron throws a jab that misses, and St. Pierre counters with a hard right hand that connects.

St. Pierre attempts a high spinning back kick that misses. They continue throwing jabs, neither one lands. Hieron lands a light leg kick on St. Pierre. Shortly thereafter, St. Pierre lands another solid right hand to Hieron’s face that seems to stagger Jay slightly.

St. Pierre follows that up with a sharp left hook that backs Hieron up against the cage. Hieron drops to the canvas and St. Pierre pounces on him, landing hammer fists to the side of Hieron’s head. Hieron holds on to St. Pierre’s legs while Georges throws several shots at Jay’s head. Hieron is still holding Georges in a clinch while standing back to his feet. Immediately after Jay is upright, St. Pierre throws a right hand at close range that lands on the side of Hieron’s head. It knocks him sideways, and before he can recover, St. Pierre lands another solid right hand that drops Jay back down to the canvas.

Hieron’s legs give out and he looks very shaky as he grabs St. Pierre’s legs, trying to hold on. St. Pierre is relentless, immediately swarming Hieron, dropping more hammer fists to the side of his head. Referee Steve Mazzagatti is looking very closely at Jay Hieron because he looks so wobbly.

Hieron holds onto St. Pierre’s legs again and buys himself some brief recovery time. He uses his hold on St. Pierre’s legs to stand once again. He hoists one of Georges legs up in the air, looking as if he wanted a takedown. He backs St. Pierre up into the cage, still holding one of Georges legs. St. Pierre is throwing punches at Hieron at the same time, not really landing anything damaging, but working.

Georges is finally able to break free and pushes Hieron back. They square off once again. St. Pierre continues his attack by throwing a quick jab to the chest, then quickly lands another right hand bomb to Hieron’s face. Jay is rocked and is visibly shaken by the barrage of punches. He immediately starts backpedaling as St. Pierre swarms him again. Georges quickly catches him again with a left hand, followed by a vicious right that drops Hieron flat on his back against the cage.

Georges jumps in Hieron’s guard and instantly starts landing bombs on Jay’s head. He lands several unanswered punches, then switches to elbows. After about 3 or 4 unanswered elbow shots, Referee Steve Mazzagatti had seen enough. He steps in and stops the fight. St. Pierre wins by TKO in Round 1. This performance was impressive enough to earn George St. Pierre a title shot against then titleholder, Matt Hughes. His record moved to 7-0, and this incredible performance against Jay Hieron is one of the reasons that many MMA fans consider St. Pierre to be one the greatest mixed-martial artists in history.