UFC 135 Jon Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: Main Card Weigh-in Results
Weigh-ins for "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage" took place this afternoon 9/23/2011, at the spectacular 5,000-seat Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
All the fighters on the main card made weight.
Who looked ready to rock and who looked the worse for wear from cutting weight?
Look inside to learn who had the advantage one day before tomorrow night's UFC battle at Denver's Pepsi Center.
Mark Hunt (261) vs. Ben Rothwell (263)
We can expect Hunt to look for the knockout. Out of six wins, four have been by KO. He has not a single submission to his credit. On the other side of the equation, of his seven losses, six have come via submission.
That’s good for Rothwell, who has a respectable ground game with 10 submission victories. Big Ben’s standup is also impressive with 18 KOs. It may be a long night for Hunt.
Nate Diaz (156) vs. Takanori Gomi (155)
Nate Diaz (13-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC, 3-5 in his last eight fights) has never displayed what you would call a muscular physique. He weighed 156 in his usual lean and trim shape. Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (32-7, one NC MMA, 1-2 UFC, 3-4 in his last seven fights) tipped the scales at 155 pounds.
Gomi refused to make eye contact with Diaz in the staredown.
With a defeat, one of these fighters faces the possibility of being let go by the UFC for the unwritten dropping-three-fights rule. Diaz is on a two-fight losing streak and is coming back down to lightweight from welterweight. Gomi is also coming off two losses, to Kenny Florian and Clay Guida.
Neither of these fighters has ever been stopped with a TKO/KO in a combined total of 59 bouts, so a knockout should not be expected. But each has been submitted before and with the kind of creative ground game possessed by Diaz, Gomi may be better off keeping the fight standing.
Rob Broughton (261) vs. Travis Browne (255)
Rob Broughton (15-5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looked doughy at 261 and Travis Browne (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) weighed in at a smooth 255 pounds.
The only blemish on Browne’s otherwise perfect MMA record is a draw against Cheick Kongo at UFC 120.
With only one bout in the UFC, a submission victory against Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz, Broughton is still an unknown quantity. He has something to prove in this fight against a very dangerous Browne.
Matt Hughes (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (170.5)
In the co-main event of the evening, Hall of Famer and former longtime welterweight champion Matt Hughes (46-8 MMA, 18-6 UFC) weighed in at a lean, muscular 170. Ultimate Fighter Season 1 veteran and former welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck (15-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) looked ripped and ready at 170.5.
In this eagerly anticipated clash the question is, will the young lion defeat the old lion in this classic matchup of the old guard versus the new-breed fighter? We’ll have to wait and see.
Jon Jones (204) vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (204): UFC Light Heavyweight Title
Heading UFC 135, Jon Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) will be making the first defense of his light heavyweight title against former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) who lost the belt three years ago. Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson each tipped the scales at one pound fewer than the limit at 204 pounds. Jones looked ripped and muscular, while Rampage looked a little gaunt from cutting the weight.
The two men shook hands before the staredown. Jones engaged Rampage eye to eye and then they began talking and nodding and smiling while face to face.
Joe Rogan asked, “What did you say to each other in there?” To which Rampage replied, “Let’s end this hype.”
Jones told Rogan that he said to Rampage, “I’ve done enough talking, let’s do it.”