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UFC on Versus 2 Recap
Jon Jones swept up The Janitor . . . no, that’s not my real opening line. Way too cliché, way too obvious. If you happened to read another fight recap that began with that line then you should immediately delete the website from your favorites list and never return. Feel free to add this site in its place. With that out of the way, in the main event Jon Jones tallied another win on his rise through the light heavyweight division. Not a lot of action to discuss here. Jones got a hold of Matyushenko and swept him down to the mat. He worked his way from half guard to side control then got a mounted crucifix. From there he delivered 10 vicious elbows to the forehead of The Janitor before Herb Dean stepped in. This was not an early stoppage as it would have only gotten worse for Vladimir. They really need to get Bones some tougher competition. Joe Rogan pressed him on who he’d like to fight next and he just replied with the lame default answer “whoever Joe Silva gives me”. WRONG. Call someone out please. Forrest Griffin is at home healing up, Tito’s big head was in the crowd, Rich Franklin’s arm should be back to 100% soon, Thiago Silva needs another fight when he recovers from injury. Any of those guys would be a great next fight.
Yushin Okami looked very good in his split decision victory over Mark Munoz. To the judge who scored this a split decision, what were you watching? I had the bout 29-28 Okami. Munoz won the 2nd round by rocking Okami but did nothing special to warrant winning the first or last round. Yushin’s striking was solid but his sprawls were the true story here. Munoz must have tried 20 shots but only was successful about 3 times. 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 for Okami. I’d like to see him get a fight against a top 5 middleweight next. If Wanderlei is on the shelf for a while then maybe throw him in against Chris Leben.
Charles Oliveira, who looks like one of the long lost children of Jermaine Jackson, tapped out Darren Elkins with a beautiful triangle choke/arm bar combination in 39 seconds. One hell of a debut for the 12-0 lightweight.
John Howard and Jake Ellenberger faced off in a matchup between up and coming welterweights. Ellenberger controlled much of the fight with takedowns and ground and pound. Howard looked to have better standup however Ellenberger wisely took him down to avoid any disadvantage. When in top position Jake pounded away at the left eye of Howard. By the time the 3rd round came around John looked to be morphing into the predator on the left side of his face.
The doctor stepped in and called the fight giving Ellenberger his 2nd straight UFC win. I think they should have held this fight off until UFC 118 in Howard’s hometown. Oh well, maybe next year.
“The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi came away with a big upset win over Tyson Griffin. A minute in Gomi caught Griffin with a counter right on the jaw that sent him face first to the canvas. Tyson awoke when he hit the ground but was still dazed when Takanori dove on top with punches and finished the fight. Griffin was upset about the stoppage but it was very qualified.
Jake Volkmann defeated Paul Kelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Riddle defeated DaMarques Johnson via TKO (punches) at 4:29 of round 2
Igor Pokrajac defeated James Irvin via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:29 of round 1
Brian Stann defeated Mike Massenzio via submission (triangle choke) at 3:10 of round 3
Rob Kimmons defeated Steve Steinbess via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Brief UFC 117 Preview
Kudos to Chael Sonnen. Months ago when the middleweight championship fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen was announced I yawned, literally. I figured this would be just another victim of The Spider on his way to UFC supremacy. In the last several months Sonnen has become Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, and The Rock all rolled into one. For those who are unaware, those are 3 wrestlers known for their ability to sell a match. Every chance he’s gotten Chael has shared his thought on Silva and what he plans on doing to him. Need proof, go on youtube, search for Chael Sonnen, and watch. As I sit here watching the UFC 117 countdown show I realize there’s no way I’m missing this fight Saturday. Unfortunately for Sonnen titles aren’t won on the mic. Chael’s going to get his ass kicked, simply put. I’m sure he’s training hard, I’m sure he’s feeling very prepared. Don’t be fooled by his last performance, Anderson will gladly assault an opponent standing in front of him and think nothing of it. Even when Silva is slacking off he’s better then just about every fighter out there. At the end of the day each man will have done their part in putting on a show. Sonnen will have sold many pay per view buys with his silver tongue and Silva will have entertained the audience with a startling display of destruction.
The rest of UFC 117 has been nicely loaded with other match ups. Roy Nelson and Junior Dos Santos will fight for the next shot at the UFC heavyweight champion. Roy has looked great since joining the Ultimate Fighter 10 cast, knocking out his last 2 opponents in the first round. Dos Santos has been even more impressive since stepping into the cage. He’s beaten the hell out of all 5 of his UFC opponents. He’s the most talented of UFC’s heavyweight prospects. Of all the fighters that may challenge Brock Lesnar, Junior posses the most threats. Another thought from watching this countdown show, Roy Nelson is tremendously entertaining. In his training montage they mix in scenes of him hitting the pads with certified fighters with him playing UFC Undisputed and rolling in his dining room. I still think they need clips of him ordering large meals at various fast food drive-thrus.
Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves will have a rematch of their Fight Night 5 match up, which Fitch won with an up kick. Since their first match up each man has had a shot at champion GSP and been owned. The winner will likely get another shot at the title unless Jake Shileds sneaks in there. Since this is a Jon Fitch fight there’s a good chance this could be a snooze fest going to decision. I really hope it isn’t but you’ve been warned.
Remaining contests on the show:
Clay Guida vs Rafael dos Anjos
Matt Hughes vs Ricardo Almeida
Dustin Hazelett vs Ricky Story
Dustin Hazelett vs Ricky Story
Phil Davis vs Rodney Wallace
Tim Boetsch vs Todd Brown
Johny Hendricks vs Charlie Brennenman
Stefan Struve vs Christian Morecraft
Ben Saunders vs Dennis Hallman
I just realized the main card of this show features all Brazilians vs American. I’m sure that was no coincidence. A few fights to look out for on the undercard, Davis vs Wallace and Saunders vs Hallman.
2nd Round Submission of the week
Ricardo Almeida rear naked choke on Matt Brown, UFC 111
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Written by Martin Foster
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