Wednesday, August 4, 2010

UFC on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko Results

UFC on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko
Date: Aug 01, 2010
Location: San Diego, Calif.

Venue: San Diego Sports Arena

Broadcast: Versus


Jon Jones def. Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:52
Yushin Okami def. Mark Munoz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jake Ellenberger def. John Howard via TKO (eye injury) - Round 3, 2:21
Takanori Gomi def. Tyson Griffin via KO (punch) - Round 1, 1:04


Jacob Volkmann def. Paul Kelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Riddle def. DaMarques Johnson via TKO - Round 2, 4:29
Igor Pokrajac def. James Irvin via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:29
Brian Stann def. Mike Massenzio via submission (triangle choke) - Round 3, 3:10
Charles Oliveira def. Darren Elkins via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 0:41
Rob Kimmons def. Steve Steinbeiss via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Overall, I thought this turned out to be a great card from what we saw on television. Jon "Bones" Jones put on a dominant display of abilitly to overcome an opponent with over 3 times his experience in Valdimir Matyushenko. Jones quickly took the fight to the floor after a small feeling out process on the feet. He landed in side control and moved into the cruifix position almost imidiately. As Bones rained down about 10 elbows on an undefending Janitor's face. Referee Herb Dean called a stop to an otherwise short and impressive performance by Jon Jones. UFC President Dana White said Jones could fight a top 8 ranked opponent next. I think it'll be the winner of Antonio Rogerio Minotoro Nogueira vs. Ryan "Darth" Bader or former UFC Middleweight Champion and 205 lb. contender Rich "Ace" Franklin.

Yushin Okami show exactly why he is one of the hardest fighters to finish in the UFC. Okami was able to use his underrated grappling skills to stuff every one of Munzo's takedown attempt's and out boxed him for three full rounds. The fight was offically won via Split Decision but even the hometown San Diego crowd who backed Munoz knew Okami won that fight outright.

Jake Ellenberger and John Howard put on a Fight of the Night worhy performance even though they did not win it. That honor went to "All-American" Brian Stann and Mike Massenzio for their all out unaired pre-lim war. Ellenberger was able to used a superior ground game and basically pound Howard's face until the Doctor had seen enough mid-way through the third round. To his credit, Howard had Ellenberger in trouble a couple times throwing vicious shots throughout the bout. But, Jake had the last laugh and picked up the "W".

Takanori The Fireball Kid" Gomi silenced all his critic's (at least for a bit) and picked up his first win in the UFC with knockout victory over Extreme Couture's Tyson Griffin. It was quick and only last about 66 seconds but Gomi showed us all that he still has what it takes when he takes his fight's seriously. I think we'll see him fight against the winner of Melvin Gulliard vs. Jermey Stephens at UFC 119 in September. That one should be fireworks!!!

Next UFC event...UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen on Saturday August 7th on Pay-Per View at 10 PM EST. I will post my picks over the next day or so.


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