The Ultimate Fighting Championship holds its first ever live broadcast on the Versus network tonight beginning at 9pm ET. “UFC on Versus 1” takes place at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., and features a main event between Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Jon “Bones” Jones.
In the co-main event Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos takes on Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga, and Paul “The Headunter” Buentello will face Cheick Kongo. The Nashville MMA Examiner will be providing live results and play by play commentary during tonight’s television broadcast.
- Jason Brilz def. Eric Schaefer by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (0:47)
- John Howard def. Daniel Roberts by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (2:01)
- Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig by TKO (ankle injury) Rd 1 (0:44)
- Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty by submission (arm-triangle choke) Rd 2 (3:40)
- Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin by TKO (punch) Rd 1 (3:01)
- Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello by submission (elbows to the thigh) Rd 3 (1:16)
- Junior Dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (3:53)
- Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera by TKO (elbow strike) Rd 1 (3:19)
ALESSIO SAKARA vs. JAMES IRVIN
Round 1 – This is Irvin’s first fight at 185 lbs. Sakara with a leg kick but slips to the mat. He gets up. Irvin with a leg kick. Spinning backfist by Sakara is blocked. Leg kick by Sakara lands solid. Sakara a former boxer. Leg kick to the inside by Irvin after eating a punch. Body shot by Sakara, and again. Left hook to the jaw by Sakara. Big right hand by Sakara scores. Superman punch misses by Irvin. Another body shot by Sakara, and again. Irvin apparently takes an eye poke from a knuckle. It was a solid left hook from Sakara. It was not a poke according to the replay. The referee realizes it was a punch and not a poke. It is ruled a TKO, justly.
Official Result: Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin by TKO (punch) Rd 1 (3:01)
CHEICK KONGO vs. PAUL BUENTELLO
Round 1 – This one isn’t going the distance my friends. Buentello coming out aggressive. Kongo looking for a takedown. Kongo gets the takedown, and Buentello fighting to get up. Knee to the body by Kongo. Kongo scoops him up again and puts Buentello down. Buentello looking at a kimura, lets it go. Kongo has him pressed against the cage. Buentello in a crouched position. Buentello is back to his feet and his finger is dislocated. The fight is back on. It looks like they RE-located his finger, but not sure yet. Yep, they said theyp popped it back in place. Paul looks hyped up now. They exchange, both connect and Kongo puts him down once again on his back with a double leg. Knee to the body by Kongo, rabbit punches to the body. Ref keeps calling for work. Ref stands them up. They exchange and Paul slips to the mat, Kongo follows him down to attack but the bell sounds. I score this round 10-0 for Kongo.
Round 2 – They exchange BIG shots, both connecting. Kongo takes Buentello again. Kongo warned for elbows to the butt from 12-to-6. Kongo throws big elbows to the body, then one to the face. The ref takes away one point from Kongo for the illegal knee. Kongo comes in swinging then goes for the takedown again, puts Buentello down, throws big knees to the body then an uppercut connects. Buentello connects back, Kongo puts him right back down with a takedown. Kong becoming much more well rounded. Buentello stands but Kongo still has his head and lands big knees. Buentello fires back after taking some big shots. Buentello connects, but Kongo still attacking. Ref stands them up. They exchange. Buentello stuffs the takedown. Bell sounds. Even round because of the point deduction in my opinion 9-9
Round 3 – Kongo moves in with a few punches to set up the takedown, then puts Buentello right back down to the mat. Buentello taps out after receiving about 20 elbows to the thighs. He literally tapped out due to elbows to the thighs!!! HOLY SH*T!!
Official Result: Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello by submission (elbows to the thigh) Rd 3 (1:16)
GABRIEL GONZAGA vs. JUNIOR DOS SANTOS
Round 1 – Here we go. Big fight, big guys. This won’t get out of the first round. Body jab by Dos Santos. Another body shot by Dos Santos. Big leg kick by Gonzaga, then a takedown but Dos Santos gets right up. Another leg kick by Gonzaga. Dos Santos with two body jabs with the left. Left straight to the chin by Dos Santos. Dos Sanots with a right to the body. Head kick goes over Dos Santos’ head. Dos Santos throws one of his own. Body jab again with the left by Dos Santos. Dos Santos with a left to the body and a right up stairs. Left hand drops Gonzaga. Gonzaga tries to cover up but Dos Santos stands over him and fires off the punches. It was a huge counter left to Gonzaga’s kick that dropped him. Dos Sanots rained down punches from standing over Gonzaga and knocks him out. Ref steps in. Big win for Dos Santos, but also what many expected to happen, did happen. Gonzaga always has a chance to win, but once he gets in trouble, that is often his downfall.
Official Result: Junior Dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (3:53)
BRANDON VERA vs. JON JONES
Round 1 – Jone Jones gets an immediate takedown, Vera is on his back. Vera kicks him off and gets right up. They clinch, knee by Jones to the body. Jones with a big takedown. Big left hand by Jones. Up kick by Vera to the chin. Jones had one knee on the ground. Jones is rocked. Herb Dean takes one point and aks Jones if he wants his position back. Of course he does. Jones lands an elbow. Jones in Vera’s full guard. Big elbow by Jones, Vera is hurt. The HUGE elbow hurt Vera to the point he turned and gave up. It was the point of his elbow right in the eye socket. Before the fight, Vera said he might end Jones’ career…. Joe Rogan said it may have busted his orbital. This is the biggest win of Jones’ career.
Official Result: Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera by TKO (elbow strike) Rd 1 (3:19)