We already knew that UFC 135 would feature the rather odd matchup of Matt Hughes vs Diego Sanchez, but thankfully that won’t be the main event, as the UFC has announced that Bones and Rampage have “verbally agreed” to throw down for the light heavyweight belt. Lucky for Rampage that a lame decision over inferior competition is enough to get a title shot by default when there’s no other good options at the moment. I wonder how much trashtalk and debate of each other’s relative blackness these two will get up to?
Also added to the card are heavyweight matches featuring Travis Browne vs Rob Broughton and Mark Hunt vs Ben Rothwell. Browne just toppled “Skyscraper” Struve at UFC 130, while Broughton hasn’t fought since his debut at UFC 120 where he choked out another noob who then pissed hot and was promptly fired. Rothwell has been out nursing his ACL since his boring UD win over Gilbert Yvel last June, while Hunt finally snapped a 5-year losing streak with his walk-off KO of Fat Jake Busey. Browne/Broughton should be decent, but as far as I’m concerned, Rothwell/Hunt should be a “loser gets fired and winner gets fired” match. I’ll never get why they gave Hunt a second chance after McCorkle snapped his arm… but then he blessedly disposed of Tushscherer for us, so I guess he deserves another fight after that. And it’s fair to say that Rothwell has been less than impressive in the UFC.
On the light end of the scale, Zuffa does former superstar Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto a favour and gives him an opponent who won’t wrestle the shit out of him in Damacio Page. Both these guys are recent victims of the surging Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who choked out Page and decisioned Kid in back-to-back fights. Kid lost his UFC debut and 3 of his last 4, while Page has dropped 2 in a row and 3 of his last 5 (all by guillotine)… so suffice to say both these guys need a win pretty bad. This one should be a great scrap.
UFC 135: JONES vs RAMPAGE – September 24th, Denver, CO
LHW Title Fight: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Matt Hughes vs. Diego “The Dream” Sanchez
Damacio “The Angel of Death” Page vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Ben Rothwell vs. Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt
Travis “Hapa” Browne vs. Rob “The Bear” Broughton