The big fights for this fall just keep coming. The UFC announced via twitter that UFC 135 will be headlined by Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson. The two men have verbally agreed to a title fight.
UFC 135 in Denver has its headliners - @JonnyBones and @Rampage4Real have verbally agreed to the LHW title bout
Not a huge surprise here as Rampage has been the rumored next title challenger since he successfully dispatched of Matt Hamill at UFC 130. There were some concerns that the fight would need to be delayed due to injury, but it looks like this eagerly awaited fight will indeed happen soon. This fight joins Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz and Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos in the list of blockbuster fights coming up this fall.
This fight will be a key moment in the careers of both men. For Jones, it's a chance to show that he is ready to truly take the reigns as the UFC Light Heavyweight champion. Since Chuck Liddell's big title run from 2005 - 2007, the belt has moved quickly from champion to champion, with no one successfully defending the belt more than once. Jones has the potential to begin a lengthy run with the title, but the same was said about Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua...
For Rampage, this fight will likely be his last chance to regain the title he lost in 2008. A win here will make him only the 2nd fighter in UFC history to win back that title, while a loss will significantly drop him back down the ranks. Will that hunger be enough to motivate Rampage and keep his increasingly wandering focus firmly planted on Jones?
UFC 135 is scheduled for September 24 in Denver, CO. The currently tentative card is as follows:
Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton