UFC on Versus 1 “Vera vs. Jones” is currently underway at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
In the night’s main event, Brandon Vera takes on rising star Jon Jones in a light heavyweight battle.
In the co-main event, Junior dos Santos meets Gabriel Gonzaga in a heavyweight match-up.
Paul Buentello and Cheick Kongo will looked for a much needed win.
James Irvin returned from a long layoff to take on Alessio Sakara.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Jon Jones defeats Brandon Vera via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Junior Dos Santos defeats Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Cheick Kongo defeats Paul Buentello TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Alessio Sakara defeats James Irvin via TKO (Punch) in Round One
- Clay Guida defeats Shanon Gugerty via Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round Two
- Vladimir Matyushenko defeats Eliot Marshall via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- John Howard defeats Daniel Roberts via Knockout in Round One
- Brendan Schaub defeats Chase Gormley via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Darren Elkins defeats Duane Ludwig via TKO (Injury) in Round One
- Mike Pierce defeats Julio Paulino via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jason Brilz defeats Eric Schafer via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara: It just wouldn’t be a James Irvin fight without some kind of injury/controversy. Alessio Sakara landed a clean left hook to Irvin’s right eye towards the end of the first round that sent Irvin retreating in pain. He wasn’t rocked though, he reacted like his eye had just been badly poked. The weird part was the replay clearly showed Sakara hit him with a fully closed fist. There was no eye poke. Maybe it was the corner of the glove or a knuckle but it definitely wasn’t an extended finger. Either way, the Irvin curse continues. The punch alone wouldn’t have ended the fight, but since the ref had to halt the action, Irvin loses.
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello: Another weird one. First of all, Cheick Kongo not only attempted a takedown, which he never does, he took Paul Buentello down at will. Secondly, the Herb Dean had to step in and halt the action twice. The first time Buentello managed to scramble back to his feet only to throw an uppercut and dislocate his pinky finger. It looked like the fight would be called when the doctor was able to reset it. Paul bounced over his to corner ready to go like he just got a shot of adrenaline. Then in round two, Kongo got a little carried away with knees while he was pummeling Buentello and drilled him in the side of the head while Buentello was down. The illegal blow cost Kongo a point, but in the end it didn’t matter. For all the odd things that happened in this fight, Kongo dominated Buentello. He took him down and “molested him” as Joe Rogan described it for three straight rounds. Buentello eventually had enough in the third and tapped while Kongo hammered his thigh with elbows.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga: Junior dos Santos rolls on with another big UFC victory. Not a lot happened in the opening minutes of the first round. Besides a few short exchanges, Gonzaga tried to take dos Santos down, but he was able to scramble to his feet almost immediately. Then later in the first during another short exchange, JDS rocked Gonzaga with a left hook that sent him to the mat. Gonzaga was semi-coherent on his back, but JDS didn’t waste any time and rained down bombs until he put Gonzaga to sleep. Mir, Carwin or Velasquez may get the next title shot, but JDS has accomplished just as much in recent times as they have. His next fight should be a number one contender’s match against Cain Velasquez.
Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones: JDS wasn’t the only rising star who turned in another big performance tonight. Jon Jones decimated Brandon Vera with an elbow right to the orbital bone that left Vera writhing in pain as Jones finished him off. There wasn’t a lot to this one. There wasn’t an epic striking battle like many expected to see. Jones’ gameplan was clearly to take Vera down and pound him out. And that’s exactly what he did even after he took an illegal upkick straight to the jaw. I don’t know who’s next for Jones, but it might be time to throw him in with one of the guys in the upper echelon of the light heavyweight division.
Submission of the Night: Clay Guida
Knockout of the Night: Junior dos Santos, Jon Jones, John Howard
Fight of the Night: None was given
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Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $568,125
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