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UFC on Versus 2: Jones Establishes Dominance

Jon Jones rocketed into the upper echelon of MMA with a win over Vladimir Matyushenko Jon Jones rocketed into the upper echelon of MMA with a win over Vladimir Matyushenko

The second UFC on Versus event took place Sunday, featuring some fast rising fighters in the world of mixed martial arts. Light heavyweight phenom Jon “Bones” Jones made an impressive statement by polishing off grizzled veteran and fellow wrestling standout Vladimir Matyushenko. Meanwhile, Yushin Okami’s winning performance against Mark Munoz puts him in the middleweight title picture.

Jones came out looking very tall and lean against the stockier Matyushenko. After a few brief exchanges on their feet, Matyushenko charged in for a take down, which Jones reversed.

Soon Jones was on top in side control. The 23-year-old transitioned to a top-side crucifix position, using an arm and both legs to trap both the Belarusian fighter’s arms. “Bones” started to drop elbows on Matyushenko, at which point referee Herb Dean stopped the action, awarding a TKO win to Jones.

In the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that Jones’ ability to dominate as impressive an opponent as Matyushenko puts the young New York native among the top eight light heavyweights in the world. White promised that the next time we see Jones, it will be against a top-ranked fighter, essentially fast tracking Jones for a title shot.

Speaking of title shots, Japan’s Yushin Okami put himself back on the map with a big win over Mark Munoz. The middleweights battled to a split decision with the victory going to Okami. Along the way, the two men put on a virtual MMA clinic, exchanging punches and battling for takedowns through all three 5-minute rounds.

In the lightweight division, Takanori Gomi and Tyson Griffin locked horns in a battle of two high profile martial artists looking to redeem recent losses. Despite being a slight underdog, it was Gomi who delivered the win with a stunning knockout. As Griffin approached with a combination, Gomi ducked under and came up with a right hook that sent Griffin to dreamland.

Also on the night, Jake Ellenberger stopped John “Doomsday” Howard via TKO in the third round. A ringside doctor determined that the rapidly growing hematoma surrounding Howard’s eye impaired his ability to continue safely competing, and stopped the fight.

The UFC’s relationship with the U.S.’s Versus channel has proven to be a successful one so far. Both events held this year have provided solid action, and if Sunday’s numbers are anything like the first UFC on Versus event, then it will have been a win-win broadcast all around. There’s no two ways about it – MMA is the world’s fastest growing sport and the UFC is at the forefront of the movement.

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