UFC on Versus 2 is currently underway at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
In the main event, rising star Jon Jones meets gritty veteran Vladimir Matyushenko in a light heavyweight battle.
In the co-main event, Yushin Okami takes on Mark Munoz in a middleweight bout.
Jake Ellenberger faces John Howard in a welterweight match-up.
Takanori Gomi looks for his first UFC win against Tyson Griffin.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Jon Jones defeats Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Yushin Okami defeats Mark Munoz via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jake Ellenberger defeats John Howard via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Eye Swollen Shut) in Round Three
- Takanori Gomi defeats Tyson Griffin via Knockout in Round One
- Jacob Volkmann defeats Paul Kelly via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Igor Pokrajac defeats James Irvin via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Brian Stann defeats Mike Massenzio via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Three
- Matthew Riddle defeats DaMarques Johnson via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Charles Oliveira defeats Darren Elkins via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Rob Kimmons defeats Steve Steinbeiss via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Takanori Gomi vs. Tyson Griffin: Whoa, most people, including this guy right here, were expecting Takanori Gomi to take a second straight loss in the UFC tonight against Tyson Griffin. Boy, were we wrong. Gomi came to bang and that he did. Early in the first, he banged Griffin face first into the canvas with a right hook straight to the jaw. Griffin protested, but it was pretty clear he wasn’t “intelligently defending himself” when Gomi jumped on him. Big win for Gomi, he needed it.
Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard: This fight was all about implementing gameplans and Jake Ellenberger flat out did a better job of executing his. John Howard cracked Ellenberger several times on the feet throughout the fight, but Ellenberger always had enough of his wits about him to shoot in for the takedown. Once he had Howard on his back, he grounded and pounded Howard’s left eye into a softball. Seriously, I have never seen an as swollen as Howard’s. Herb Dean agreed and stopped it in the third for the doctor to take a look. Doc verified that Howard couldn’t see out of it and Herb called it.
Mark Munoz vs. Yushin Okami: Big John!!! (Sorry, had to say it) Pretty close fight between Yushin Okami and Mark Munoz. Okami was able to neutralize Munoz’s wrestling with his sprawl for the most part. He kept his distance and picked his shots while Munoz looked for openings. Not a whole lot of action in the first round, but it picked up in the second when Munoz unexpectedly cracked Okami in the temple and put him in survival mode for several moments. Munoz went in for the kill, but Okami was aware enough to stay out of trouble while he recovered. The third was a bit more back-and-forth, but Okami seemed to take it, doing a better job controlling the action. Two of the three judges thought so awarding Okami the split decision.
Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: Not much of a fight. Jon Jones made quick work of Vladimir Matyushenko. After an early takedown, Jones worked way from side control into the crucifix position and rained down short, quick elbows to the side of Vlad’s unprotected head. Herb Dean stopped it seeing Vlad’s arms trapped with no way to defend. The calls for Jones to face top-ranked competition will only get louder after yet another seemingly effortless victory.
Submission of the Night: Charles Oliveira
Knockout of the Night: Takanori Gomi
Fight of the Night: Brian Stann & Mike Massenzio
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $489,685
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie