It was a night loaded with knockouts and submissions in the San Diego Sports Arena, venue for UFC on Versus 2. It marked a debut, Japanese jubilation, but, above all, it was further affirmation of Jon Jones as yet another major force in the organization’s stacked light heavyweight division.
At just 23 years of age, Jones notched his fifth win in the UFC. He made the dangerous Vladimir Matyushenko seem like a rookie, hardly breaking a sweat. With gangly legs and arms, he gauged his distance well and shot for an opportune takedown. Once on the ground, he swiftly passed guard, locked the Belarusian’s arm in a crucifix and rained down elbows until referee Herb Dean broke it up. All in only one minute and 52 seconds.
But Jones’s win only wasn’t the quickest of the night. That honor went to newcomer from Brazil Charles de Oliveira, aka Charles do Bronx. Known for his savvy use of Jiu-Jitsu in MMA, the beast from Guarujá, coastal São Paulo state, did no differently against Darren Elkins. In 41 seconds, the brown belt got the finish with an armbar after sinking a tight triangle.
Another big result was Japan’s twofold win with Yushin Okami and Takanori Gomi. While Okami played a mathematical game of avoiding takedowns and getting the better of the standup with well-measured strikes, including a knockdown in the third round, Gomi made quick work of Tyson Griffin with an early knockout.
Check out the complete results:
UFC on Versus 2
San Diego, California, United States
August 1, 2010
Jon Jones defeated Vladimir Matyushenko via TKO in R1
Yushin Okami defeated Mark Munoz via split decision
Jake Ellenberger defeated John Howard via TKO at 2:21 min of R3
Takanori Gomi defeated Tyson Griffin via KO at 1:04 of R1
Jacob Volkmann defeated Paul Kelly via unanimous decision
Matt Riddle defeated DaMarques Johnson via TKO at 4:29 min of R2
Igor Pokrajac submitted James Irvin via rear-naked choke at 2:29 min of R1
Brian Stann submitted Mike Massenzio via triangle at 3:10 min of R3
Charles Oliveira submitted Darren Elkins via triangle at 0.41 min of R1
Rob Kimmons defeated Steve Steinbeiss via unanimous decision