Welcome to Fightline.com’s live, round-by-round coverage of UFC On Versus: Vera Vs. Jone. We’ll have quick match results available for you after each fight, followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts later this evening. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
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Jason Brilz defeated Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Mike Pierce defeated Julio Paulino via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Brendan Schaub defeated Chase Gormley via TKO (punches) at 0:47 of Round 1.
John Howard defeated Daniel Roberts via knockout (punch) at 2:01 of Round 1.
Darren Elkins defeated Duane Ludwig via TKO (ankle injury) at 0:44 of Round 1.
Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Eliot Marshall via split decision (scores of 30-27, 28-29, 30-27).
Clay Guida defeated Shannon Gugerty via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:40 of Round 2.
James Irvin vs Alessio Sakara
Round 1: Sakara landed a couple of shots early. Sakara landed a series of combinations and a spinning back fist. Sakara landed a couple of kicks to Irvin’s body and a punch to Irvin’s face. Sakara hit Irvin with a left hand that floored Irvin, and his knuckle apparently hit Irvin in his right eye and the referee stepped in to give Irvin time to recover while Sakara was wailing away on Irvin on the ground. Sakara thought that the fight was stopped, but it was only paused. Sakara was upset because he felt that it was a punch and not a poke, so it was a legal blow. The referee ruled that it was indeed a punch that floored Irvin, and called the fight.
Alessio Sakara defeated James Irvin via TKO at 3:01 of Round 1.
The crowd booed the decision, although the replay clearly showed that Irvin wasn’t poked and it was a punch.
Urijah Faber was shown at cageside.
Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello
Round 1: Both fighters came out swinging right off the bat. Kongo went for a takedown, but Buentello was able to defend it for awhile before eventually being taken down. Buentello was working to get back to his feet, and Kongo was able to take him down again. Buentello was working for a kimura, but Kongo was able to reposition himself and got Buentello in a front face lock. Buentello broke free and then started shaking his hand, causing referee Herb Dean to pause the fight. It looked like Buentello’s pinky was dislocated, and the doctor’s came in to look at it. I’m not sure what they did, but all of a sudden Buentello jumped and apparently everything was fine and the fight is back on. They started trading and Kongo took Buentello down again. Kongo landed a couple of knees to the body but then just held Buentello. Herb Dean eventually stood them up with seconds left in the round. Kongo rocked Buentello and knocked him to the ground and landed a couple of shots as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Kongo.
Round 2: Kongo and Buentello traded punches again, and Kongo again took Buentello down. Kongo was landing some hard shots on Buentello on the ground as Buentello tried to work his way back to his feet. Kongo was landing elbows to Buentello’s butt, and Dean warned Kongo about the elbows. Buentello was working his way to his feet, and Kongo hit an illegal knee to Buentello’s head. Buentello was then given time to recover, and Kongo was deducted a point. The fight was restarted and Kongo took Buentello down again and landed some vicious knees to the body. Buentello got back to his feet, but was taken down again. Kongo stayed busy with knees and punches and Kongo again kneed Buentello in the head when he was downed, but Dean ruled that Buentello was playing the game (putting his hand down on the mat to make the knee illegal) and didn’t give Buentello time to recover. Excellent call by Dean. They started trading and Kongo took Buentello down again and dropped more punches on Buentello. Kongo brutalized Buentello this round. FightLine.com scores the round 9-8 for Kongo (due to the deducted point).
Round 3: Kongo started the round by getting another takedown. Kongo landed elbows to Buentello’s body and thigh, and Buentello eventually tapped. Kongo looked good here, and Dean did a great job, proving that he is the best referee in the business right now.
Cheick Kongo defeated Paul Buentello via tapout (strikes) at 1:16 of Round 3.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Junior dos Santos
Round 1: Gonzaga landed a nice leg kick early. Gonzaga took dos Santos down early, but dos Santos got back to his feet quickly. They traded leg kicks. dos Santos landed some hard shots. dos Santos rocked Gonzaga with a hard left hook, which floored Gonzaga. dos Santos jumped on Gonzaga and landed a few more shots and knocked Gonzaga out.
Junior dos Santos defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via KO at 3:53 of Round 1.
After the bout, dos Santos said he feels that he’s ready for anyone in the division.
Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera
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.