This Day in MMA History: Sept. 24 (UFC 135)

By Cole Shelton Sep 24, 2019


On Sept. 24, 2011, the Octagon touched down in Denver for UFC 135. In the main event, newly-crowned Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones defended his belt for the first time, submitting Quinton Jackson in the fourth round.

The co-main event saw Josh Koscheck knock out Matt Hughes at the 4:59 mark of the first round. Koscheck took this fight on short notice, replacing Diego Sanchez after Sanchez withdrew due to a broken hand.

UFC 135 also featured a bevy of notable names like Nate Diaz defeating Takanori Gomi, Mark Hunt beating Ben Rothwell, and Tony Ferguson notching his second UFC win in a prelim fight. The event was also supposed to feature Norifumi Yamamoto taking on Damacio Page, but the bout was scrapped after both fighters suffered injuries.
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