In a slightly confusing bit of matchmaking, TheGarv.com is reporting that Jon “Bones” Jones (10-1) and Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (24-4) have verbally agreed to fight each other at UFC On Versus 2 which will likely take place on August 1st at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vladimir Matyushenko is a throwback fighter who competed in the UFC in the earlier days of Mixed martial Arts. First appearing in the UFC at UFC 32, the 39 year old Belarusian wrestler would compete in the UFC four more times (leaving the organization after a KO loss to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 44) before moving on to promotions like the IFL and Affliction. “The Janitor” recently rejoined the UFC and proved that he can still compete with the young guns of the UFC’s light-heavyweight division by beating Igor Pokrajac and Eliot Marshall, at UFC 103 and UFC LIVE: Vera Vs. Jones respectively, by unanimous decision.
Jon “Bones” Jones is one of the brightest young stars in the UFC. He should be considered undefeated as the only loss on his record came by way of confusing disqualification for battering Matt Hamill with supposedly illegal 12-6 elbows. He combines athleticism, strong, technical wrestling and effective, unorthodox striking to confuse and completely dismantle opponents. So far, no one has looked competitive against Jones in his five fight tenure with the UFC. Coming off of a face-crushing win over Brandon Vera, the sky seems to be the limit for Jones.
With close to thirty professional fights on his resume, some against MMA veterans like Tito Ortiz, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (twice), and Pedro Rizzo, certainly gives Matyushenko the edge in experience over Jones. Beyond that there does not seem to be anything that Matyushenko could possibly due to halt the speeding train that is Jon Jones. With his very impressive win over Vera, Jones was thought to have put himself right in the middle of the light-heavyweight title picture even though UFC president Dana White said that he did not want to rush Jones’ progress. While he is a respected fighter and dangerous for many opponents, Matyushenko is a step down in competition for Jones and it seems that the only reason this fight is being put on is to keep Jon Jones busy and in the public eye while Rashad Evans, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Lyoto Machida sort out the immediate future of the light-heavyweight division’s title picture.