The fights were out on Sunday night, as the UFC on Versus did not disappoint MMA fans. The televised card included Jake Ellenberger vs John Howard, Yushin Okami vs Mark Munoz, and the always exciting Jon "Bones" Jones vs Vladimir Matyushenko.
The opening of the fight card began with Takanori Gomi vs Tyson Griffin, in a fight where both fighters needed to come out with good showings to prove they're still pertinent in the Lightweight division and unfortunately for Griffin, Gomi stated the better case.
While the fight started off relatively slow for these two fast-paced fighters, the two quickly engaged in a short-lived brawl that had Griffin falling to the mat via an overhand right from Gomi. The punch landed flush on Griffin's chin, and while after the match, Griffin was reluctant to admit defeat, replay clearly showed it was a good stoppage.
Gomi was quoted after the fight saying he's got the hang of American fighting now.
After a great start to the televised festivities, Ellenberger vs Howard was on display. Fans were left at the end of this one wanting more, as Ellenberger clearly proved to be the better wrestler through the first two rounds.
Yet, Howard proved to be persistent, and landed devastating shots that wobbled Ellenberger at the beginning of the first two rounds.
By the third round, Howard's left eye was battered and beaten so badly, that the doctor decided to stop the fight, and Ellenberger was awarded the win via stoppage.
The fight gave Howard his first loss in the UFC, and continued to propel Ellenberger up the ranks in the very competitive Welterweight division.
Shortly thereafter, fans were treated to a 29-28 split decision win for Yushin Okami against Mark Munoz, in a fight that saw big punches thrown, few landed, and an intriguing grappling duel.
While both fighters were on the rise, Okami may see a little bit better of competition now with the victory. Munoz too, put on a great showing, and will likely be rewarded with not too much of a drop in his next opponent.
In the main event of the evening, Jones vs Matyushenko was a quick, but nevertheless enthralling bout that saw Jones take down Matyushenko, and power him into the crucifix position, while landing roughly nine or ten elbows total before referee Herb Dean called a stop to the fight.
Continuing to fuel fans and critics alike, Jones was humble in his win over Matyushenko, telling Californians to "keep it classy." Jones, love him or hate him, is the future of the Light Heavyweight division.
To quote Frank Mir, "No one does that to Vladimir Matyushenko. No one."
Well, no bones about it, Jon Jones is on the horizon, and the future sure is bright at 205 in the UFC.
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