The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Colorado tonight to make its debut on the Versus sports network. The main event pits Brandon “The Truth” Vera against Jon “Bones” Jones, and features a critical heavyweight bout between Brazilians Junior Dos Santos and Gabriel Gonzaga.
UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones airs live on the Versus network at 9 p.m. ET. MMAWeekly.com will be providing full coverage of tonight’s event, starting with the preliminary bouts, which are expected to start at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET.
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UFC ON VERSUS PLAY-BY-PLAY:
JON JONES VS. BRANDON VERA
R1 – Jones quickly clinches and hip tosses Vera to the mat, landing in Vera’s guard. Vera kicks him off and stands up. Jones takes Vera down with a double-leg, again landing in guard. Vera does a good job tying Jones up. Jones is on one knee in Vera’s guard and Vera launches an up-kick to his face, which is an illegal move because Jones is considered down when on his knees. Vera is deducted 1 point. They restart the fight with Jones in Vera’s guard. Again, Vera does a good job tying Jones up, but Jones keeps a hand over Vera’s face, making it hard for him to breathe, and then unleashes several forearms to the face, hurting Vera. Jones then unloads a flurry of punches and the fight is stopped.
Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera by TKO (Strikes) at, R1
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VS. GABRIEL GONZAGA
R1 – After a brief feeling out period, Gonzaga scores a takedown, but Dos Santos is immediately back to his feet, not wanting anything to do with Gonzaga’s ground game. Dos Santos starts working his jab to the body. Gonzaga narrowly misses with the head kick. Dos Santos fires back with a solid kick to the body. Gonzaga’s throws some kicks to the body as well, but Dos Santos does a good job stepping in and countering. Gonzaga steps in and Dos Santos drops him with a left hook. He quickly follows Gonzaga to the mat and finishes him off with strikes.
Junior Dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga by KO (Punches) at 3:53, R1
CHEICK KONGO VS. PAUL BUENTELLO
R1 – Each fighter lands a couple heavy shots early before Kongo shoots in and manages to get Buentello to the ground. Buentello manages to get back to his feet, but Kongo immediately puts him back down on his backside. Kongo doing a good job keeping his weight on Buentello, wearing him down, but not too much offense other than a couple of knees to the body and a few punches. Buentello escapes to his feet, throws a punch, and then backs off in pain. Referee Herb Dean calls time and the doctor appears to put a dislocated pinky back in place. They restart the fight. They flurry and then Kongo again takes Buentello down. This time, however, Kongo is a little more aggressive, driving a hard knee and punches to the body. Action stalls and they are restarted. Buentello slips to the ground but Kongo can’t capitalize before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kongo
R2 – Kongo starts off round two with several leg kicks. They then exchange punches, Kongo appearing to get the better of them. Buentello gets put back on the mat and Kongo unloads punches on Buentello. Buentello is on his knees and Kongo unleashes some brutal knees to the body, but then drives one straight to Buentello’s face, an illegal blow, causing a break in the action. Dean takes a point away from Kongo. Kongo fires off a few punches, but again takes Buentello down. Buentello is again on his knees, Kongo unleashes with knees to the body. Buentello gets up, but is again immediately put back down. Buentello gets up, Kongo clinches and starts kneeing to the body and head of a bent over Buentello, but has to stop when Buentello puts a hand down. They start back up and Kongo again puts Buentello down, but this time doesn’t push much offense and they get stood up.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kong, but it’s 9-9 after the 1 point deduction.
R3 – Kongo again takes Buentello to the mat and starts his ground and pound. He’s driving elbows into the ribs, when Buentello taps out.
Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello by Submission (Strikes) at 1:16, R3
JAMES IRVIN VS. ALESSIO SAKARA
R1 – Both fighters winging wide early, but nothing serious connecting. Sakara puts together a good left-right-kick combination and then catches Irvin with a straight right. Halfway through the round and Sakara lands a couple good shots to the body and follows with a hard left hook. He then lands another hard left hook, but it Irvin appears to get poked in the eye and they stop the fight to check the eye. After a few moments, referee Josh Rosenthal waves off the fight.
Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 3:01, R1
CLAY GUIDA VS. SHANNON GUGERTY
R1 – They circle for a time before Guida fires in a few punches and scores the takedown. He lands in a Gugerty guillotine. He escapes the guillotine, but Gugerty locks on a triangle, but Guida defends that as well. Guida throws a few punches from inside Gugerty’s closed guard then passes to half guard. Gugerty puts Guida back in full guard, negating his attacks. Guida again moves to half guard, but this time traps one of Gugerty’s arms and is able to drop some forearms to the face before the round closes out.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Guida
R2 – Guida starts throwing punches, Gugerty shoots the takedown, but Guida defends and scores a takedown of his own, landing in Gugerty’s guard. Gugerty again goes for the guillotine, but Guida stays patient and pops out, then starts peppering Gugerty with punches. Guida drops some forearms and then unloads some heavier punches. Guida starts mixing in shoulder punches with hammerfists, then climbs on top securing an arm triangle choke for the submission.
Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:40, R2
ELIOT MARSHALL VS. VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO
R1 – Matyushenko takes center cage, but there’s little action for the first couple minutes as they feel each other out. Matyushenko lands a couple good leg kicks. He then lands a right-left combination that rocks Marshall backwards a few steps. Marshall recovers and they continue with Matyushenko holding center position. Marshall leaps in with an uppercut that takes Matyushenko off his game, but only momentarily. They finish out the round with each fighter still trying to get into a groove and find his range.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Matyushenko
R2 – Matyushenko again takes the center of the Octagon, forcing Marshall to come in on him. He clips Marshall with a couple good punches, keeping him off balance. Marshall gets a little more aggressive, but is having trouble finding any openings. Matyushenko swings wide and then clinches, but doesn’t do any real damage. Marshall lands a single left hook, but doesn’t follow it up. He then lands an uppercut, but again can’t follow it up. He rushes Matyushenko, who tosses him to the ground and delivers a brief bit of ground and pound before standing up at Marshall’s feet. Marshall pops back up to his feet and they are again at center cage.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Matyushenko
R3 – Matyushenko lands a left hook to open, but doesn’t follow up. They move around a bit, then Matyushenko throws a three-punch combination, again putting Marshall on his back foot. Strong leg kick from Matyushenko with 3:35 left in the round. Neither fighter has really put it on the line yet and both are struggling to find any consistent offense. Matyushenko is still controlling where most of the fight takes place and landing a few hard shots. He ducks under a Marshall punch and scores a takedown with a minute and a half left, then they’re back on their feet. He scores another double-leg with 45 seconds left, but again lets Marshall up. Neither is able to land much before the ending bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Matyushenko
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27), R3
DUANE LUDWIG VS. DARREN ELKINS
R1 – Ludwig lands a hard left that visibly stuns Elkins. Elkins shoots the takedown. Ludwig makes him work for it, but he lands it and the fight is quickly stopped. Ludwig’s left leg double-under while he was slammed down, appearing to break in half in the middle of his shin.
Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 0:44, R1
JOHN HOWARD VS. DANIEL ROBERTS
R1 – Howard lands a few good strikes, but quickly gets taken down. As they stand up, Roberts locks on a Kimura, but Howard rolls and gets out. Roberts starts dropping shots from standing over Howard. Howard manages to get out and up, taking Roberts down. Standing at Roberts’ feet, Howard dives down with a left hand that lands flush on Roberts’ face for the knockout.
John Howard def. Daniel Roberts by KO (Punch) at 2:01, R1
BRENDAN SCHAUB VS. CHASE GORMLEY
R1 – Gormley comes right at Schaub but gets dropped with a short right. They get back up and Schaub just unloads on Gormley, rocking and stalking him across the cage, never slowing his punching attack. Gormley falls to has backside and Schaub follows him down and finishes him off with punches before a roaring hometown crowd.
Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley by TKO (Strikes) at 0:47, R1
MIKE PIERCE VS. JULIO PAULINO
R1 – Pierce immediately scores the takedown and starts working from half guard. Paulino does a good job tying Pierce up, not taking much damage. Pierce finally postures up and lands a few hard forearms to the face, but Paulino is maintaining a strong half guard, using lots of movement to keep Pierce at bay. Referee Tim Mills stands them up with just under a minute left in the round. Pierce shoots the double-leg, scoops Paulino up and slams him down just before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pierce
R2 – Paulino starts of the round much more aggressive with his striking, trying to open Pierce up. Pierce shoots the takedown again, but Paulino does a good job fighting it off, making Pierce work hard. The fight is stopped momentarily as Paulino’s foot slides under the cage and gets stuck. He starts right back up after being freed from the cage. They exchange a few good punches and this time Pierce lands a strong double-leg takedown, slamming Paulino to his back. Pierce works ground and pound from half guard, but is still having trouble sustaining much offense, Paulino again being very active, tying him up. Mills again stand the fighters up. Pierce again shoots, but can’t get the takedown before the round ends in a brief flurry from both fighters.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pierce
R3 – Paulino again comes out firing, landing a solid leg kick. Pierce lands an overhand right and then scores big with another double-leg slam, landing in side control. Pierce continues trying to work his ground and pound, being a little more effective this round than the first two. He starts dropping forearms that find the mark. Paulino gets to his knees, but Pierce drives a solid knee into his thigh before Paulino finally regains his feet. Pierce immediately scoops Paulino and plants him back on the mat. They get back to their feet and start winging punches, Paulino landing a hard right that stuns Pierce a bit, but Pierce reacts well and scores the takedown as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Pierce
Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
JASON BRILZ VS. ERIC SCHAFER
R1 – They clinch up early, Schafer’s back to the cage. Brilz drives knees to the inside of Schafer’s thigh before they separate. Brilz moves in with some hard shots to the body and mixes up a few shots to the head before they clinch again. Brilz gets the single leg takedown, but Schafer gets right back to his feet. Both fighters land some hard shots, Brilz the overhand right, repeatedly, as Schafer tries to establish a jab. Schafer stuns Brilz with an uppercut. Brilz shoots the takedown, but Schafer wins the positioning battle and ground and pounds Brilz. They get up and Schafer lands a knee to the face. Brilz is rocked at this point, trying to recover. Schafer hangs back, not going for the finish.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Schafer.
R2 – Brilz staggers Schafer with a left hook right out of the gate, but they quickly clinch. Brilz starts in with the knees to Schafer’s thigh, the same leg as in round one. They exchange solid uppercuts from the clinch. Stiff jab and a straight right from Schafer. Brilz clinches, but gets tripped down onto his back. Schafer starts ground and pound from half guard. Brilz reverses but gets caught in an omo plata, which he quickly escapes to north-south. Schafer tries to get up, but Brilz shoves him to the mat. He finally does get up and eats a couple hard shots from Brilz. Both men look really tired at this point with a minute left in the round. Brilz scores a takedownand puts on a top-side guillotine, but can’t secure it.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Brilz
R3 – Both fighters still appear gassed, but Brilz is pushing the pace a bit, landing punches to the head. He swings wide and clips Schafer several times with the right hand. Schafer is staggering backwards around the cage, just waiting for one good shot to end his night. Brilz is firing, but doesn’t have enough gas to land the necessary bomb. He instead takes Schafer to his back, but Schafer reverses to top position and starts ground and pounding. Brilz gets up. Schafer drags him down, but Brilz lands in top position, but is having trouble mounting much offense. Brilz starts dropping short slip elbows with about 40 seconds left in the fight. Brilz moves to side control, pot-shotting Schafer, but he doesn’t have enough gas to finish.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Brilz
Jason Brilz def. Eric Schafer by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
UFC ON VERSUS QUICK RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On Versus):
-Jon Jones (9-1; #10 Light Heavyweight) vs. Brandon Vera (11-4)
-Junior Dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga by KO (Punches) at 3:53, R1
-Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello by Submission (Strikes) at 1:16, R3
-Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 3:01, R1
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:40, R2
-Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27), R3
-Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig by TKO (Injury Stoppage) at 0:44, R1
-John Howard def. Daniel Roberts by KO (Punch) at 2:01, R1
-Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley by TKO (Strikes) at 0:47, R1
-Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Jason Brilz def. Eric Schafer by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3