There is a ton of hype surrounding the UFC’s debut on Versus, and rightfully so. If the fighters rumored/expected to participate inside the Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, Colorado can remain healthy,”UFC on Versus” will go down as the deepest freebie fight card ever offered by the UFC.
A light heavyweight bout between Brandon Vera and the up-and-coming Jon Jones will headline tonight’s show.
A pair of important heavyweight scraps will open for them as former top contender Gabriel Gonzaga will meet one of the division’s faster rising stars in Junior dos Santos, and Cheick Kongo will face MMA journeyman Paul Buentello as well.
Vera was last seen dropping a controversial unanimous decision to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 105 in Manchester, England.
Jones was perfect through his first nine pro scraps entering his last contest against Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale,” however was DQ’d after he landed a couple illegal north-south elbow strikes to Hamill’s grill.
Here are the other fighters slated for the highly anticipated extravaganza:
Jason Brilz (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
Julio Paulino (170) vs. Mike Pierce (170)
Chase Gormley (265) vs. Brendan Schaub (264)
John Howard (170) vs. Daniel Roberts (169)
Darren Elkins (155) vs. Duane Ludwig (155)
Eliot Marshall (204) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205)
Clay Guida (155) vs. Shannon Gugerty (155)
James Irvin (185) vs Alessio Sakara (185)
Cheick Kongo (237) vs. Paul Buentello (246)
Gabriel Gonzaga (255) vs. Junior dos Santos (238)
Jon Jones (206) vs. Brandon Vera (204)