by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It’s been rumored for the last week, but now it’s official that at UFC on Versus 2 as Jon “Bones” Jones faces off against Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko in Utah.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the bout, and Matyushenko himself confirmed the fight in a post on the Underground Forum.
Viewed as one of the top prospects in all of MMA, Jon “Bones” Jones (10-1) has been a virtual wrecking machine since debuting in the UFC in August 2008. With his only loss coming by way of disqualification after landing illegal elbows on Matt Hamill, the New York native has looked unstoppable in his five UFC fights.
His last trip to the Octagon ended with opponent Brandon Vera being finished after some devastating elbow strikes, which also resulted in a cracked orbital bone and a cracked cheekbone for him as well. Now poised to make a jump into title contention over the next few fights, Jones will face a wily veteran in Matyushenko.
Russian born fighter, Vladimir Matyushenko (24-4) is currently on his second tour of duty with the UFC, where he performed at both heavyweight and light heavyweight. Matyushenko is now on a 3-fight winning streak, including two wins in a row in the UFC since returning there in 2009.
Matyushenko defeated former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Eliot Marshall in his last fight in March, and will certainly get a tough test for his next bout against Jones.
The two light heavyweights will battle on the main televised portion of the card which will be featured as the 2nd show the UFC does as a part of their deal with the Versus network. More fights will be added to the show in the coming weeks.