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UFC 135 Gets 16,344 Attendance for $2M Gate

Written on September 26, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC 135 drew 16,344 MMA fans to the Pepsi Center in Denver last Saturday for a $2 million live gate.

The UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage event held last Saturday was a success, attaining over 16,000 attendants and a live gate of $2 million. UFC President, Dana White, announced the good news during the evening’s post-event conference. The event, which took place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, witnessed the submission victory of Jon Jones over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The exact number of the complimentary tickets delivered was not disclosed, but reports have claimed that the numbers have a revenue of $122.37 per ticket issued.

UFC 135 is said to be the first UFC event that was held in Denver since “The Ultimate Ultimate” show way back in December 1995. Meanwhile, the company was reported to have visited the Broomfield, Colorado two times, but only for the UFC Fight Night and UFC on Versus cards.

The Colorado State Boxing Commission is expected to formally confirm the given figures soon.

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Video: Jon Jones Gladly Accepts Torch From Rampage

Written on September 26, 2011 by Lulu

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Jon Jones gladly accepts the torch from Rampage Jackson to be one of the greatest fighters in the history of Mixed Martial Arts.

Several people believe that Jon Jones is the future of the sport even before he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at the UFC 135 last Saturday. He made believers out from his doubters, including Rampage Jackson.

After their fight, the two fighters talked for a while inside the Octagon. Rampage Jackson basically passed the torch to Jon Jones, and the UFC light heavyweight champion was glad to accept it.

Check out the video interview of Jon Jones after the leap courtesy of MMAweekly.com.

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UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson Quick Results

Written on September 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Results for UFC 135 are now in! See who took home the light heavyweight championship belt last Saturday.

Last Saturday, Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight championship belt for the first time — facing its former owner, Quinton “Rampgae” Jackson. Who among them was able to take home the title?

See the complete UFC 135: Jone vs Jackson results after the break.

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Matt Hughes: Not Ready to Retire Yet

Written on September 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hughes is not yet ready to leave the Octagon, but a "Chuck Liddell job" looks appealing.

UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Matt Hughes, admits that he’s not quite ready to leave the sport that paid his bills for the past 13 years. However, his family has a different opinion on what should happen after his UFC 135 match against Josh Koscheck. But while Matt Hughes insists that the UFC 135 result will not determine his choice, he said that UFC President – Dana White – offered a job where he could “stick around and get paid to do nothing.”

However, that doesn’t mean that Matt Hughes is ready to take the position just yet. His love for action, the hunger to be the best, the camaraderie of his teammates and training partners are still one of his source of joy in every aspect of MMA. But he also admits that the 21-second loss against BJ Penn at UFC 123 made him consider all possibilities. Regardless, he wants nothing more than to end his career on the strength of a win. Still, he hopes that his competitive drive doesn’t led him into hanging around too long.

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UFC 135 Workout: Rampage Jackson Talks About Respect and Jon Jones

Written on September 24, 2011 by Lulu

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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson talks about his respect to Jon Jones at the open workout, and all the caveat that foes with it.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been a champion and knows what it takes to be in a title fight. However, he doesn’t believe that Jon Jones knows it. It’s not that he doesn’t respect the reigning champ, he just knows that Jon Jones got a lot to watch out for at UFC 135 tonight.

However, Rampage Jackson doesn’t feel that his respect has not been reciprocated. Actually, he believes that Jon Jones isn’t showing anyone much respect at all.

Check out Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s interview video below.

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UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson Picks

Written on September 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 135 is fast approaching, and Fighting Insider just want to know: Who do you think will win on Saturday's showdown?

The feud between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson continues to escalate, heading to Saturday’s UFC 135 showdown. The much-favored Jon Jones will make another example out of Rampage Jackson, while the former light heavyweight title holder will attempt to steal the belt and get the hype out of the 24-year-old king. Can Quinton “Rampage” […]

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MMA Best Fighter: Manny Gamburyan

Written on September 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another ranked fighter made his way on Fighting Insider's MMA Best Fighter list, and this time he's coming from the featherweight division. Make way to Manvel "Manny" Gamburyan!

Born as Manvel Gamburyan on May 8, 1981, Manny Gamburyan is currently ranked by Sherdog as No. 10 best featherweight MMA fighter. He was a cast member of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, and has fought for UFC and King of the Cage. When his family relocated from Armenia to United States in […]

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UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson Conference Call Audio

Written on September 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before you get ready for a UFC 135 action, check out their conference call audio last Monday.

The Ultimate Fighting Championships has finally decided to take full steam ahead to downtown Denver with UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson. The reigning light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will put his belt on the line against former title holder — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Also in the fight card is Matt Hughes, who will step in to face returning welterweight contender — Josh Koscheck.

The promotion held a UFC 135 conference call last Monday to field questions from the press. In relation to this, MMA Weekly posted the full audio of the call. Hit the play button at the video after the break.

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UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson Fight Odds

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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At OddsShark, Jon Jones goes -500 while Rampage Jackson is an underdog at +400.

UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson is just less than a week away, and OddsShark has already posted its fight odds for the upcoming event. For the first time, since snatching the light heavyweight title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jon Jones will defend his title against former titleholder — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Jon Jones has blown through each of his Octagon opponents, amassing a 7-1 record under the UFC banner. That said, it’s a no brainer that he is a favorite at -500. Rampage Jackson, on the other hand, was able to beat Matt Hamill at UFC 130 — earning his shot at the light heavyweight title. However, he is a odds-on underdog with a +400 mark.

Will Quinton “Rampage” Jackson be able to pull it off on Saturday? UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson will go down on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

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What’s next with Matt Hughes After UFC 135?

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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“After this fight, win or lose doesn’t matter, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do." --- Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes is carrying 54 professional bouts on his resume. He held the UFC welterweight championship belt twice, he had seven title defenses, and he is a UFC Hall of Fame inductee. With UFC 135 as his last fight of contract, what lies ahead for Matt Hughes? Short and sweet, the answer really is… Nothing.

However, the 37-year-old fighter remains a staple in the promotion. Matt Hughes will make a come back in the Octagon after a 10-month layoff at UFC 135 against Josh Koscheck. His original opponent, Diego Sanchez, stepped out of the match due to broken hand. And while Matt Hughes loves his life inside the Octagon, constantly testing his skills against increasingly younger opponents, how long will his competition be enough?

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