Round 1: Jones took Vera down to the ground immediately. Vera was able to get back to his feet. Jones was able to get another big takedown and got in Vera’s guard. Vera nailed Jones with an upkick while Jones had one knee on the ground and referee Herb Dean paused the action and deducted a point from Vera. Dean allowed Jones to get his position back and the bout was restarted. Vera went for an upkick again, but caught Jones in the shoulder. Jones continued to work in Vera’s guard. Jones nailed Vera with a huge elbow to Vera’s eye and followed up by landing some bombs, Vera turned over and Jones continued to poind away on Vera and Dean jumped in and stopped the fight.
Jon Jones defeated Brandon Vera via TKO (strikes) at 3:19 of Round 1.
After the bout Jones said he was very well prepared for the fight and said he had it won before he got in the cage. Jones said he realizes that there’s a lot of hype, but that he doesn’t plan on wasting his potential.