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‘UFC on Versus: Vera vs. Jones’ — Live Results + Commentary

("Room for the Holy Ghost, kids. Your mothers raised you better than that." Photo courtesy of the UFC on Versus Weigh In Pics gallery on CombatLifestyle.)

Because pay-per-view and Spike TV are not enough to contain all the UFC’s awesomeness, Versus is presenting four fights tonight that could all end in thrilling knockouts, and will momentarily make us forget that we’re missing the season premiere of Breaking Bad. In this extra-special Lord’s Day Liveblog™, Jon Jones tries to live up to his hype against a man who once fell prey to his own, Junior Dos Santos continues his warpath in the heavyweight division against fellow meat-skewer aficionado Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo and Paul Buentello throw bombs for the hell of it, and lightning will strike James Irvin on his way to the cage. Yes, indoor lightning. Live results from UFC on Versus: Vera vs. Jones await you after the jump; refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest…

We begin, of course, with 15 minutes of commercials. But at least we won’t be forced to watch interviews with the cast of "Blue Mountain State."

James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara
Two guys with great highlight reels but spotty records. Irvin is kind of hard to look at with his new weight. Neither man looks particularly psyched to be there.

Round 1: Sakara tags Irvin with a nice right. Sakara slips landing a leg kick but bounces back up. Irvin returns a leg kick. Sakara tries a spinning backfist, then sticks a leg kick. Stright rights from Sakara. Irvin lands a leg kick. Sakara jabbing to the body. Joe Rogan says that Irvin looked like an alien at the weigh-ins. Sakara with a hard right. Leg kick Irvin. Irvin seems to get poked in the eye with a punch, and he crumples backward. Referee Josh Rosenthal stops the fight after Sakara follows him down and starts slugging. Scratch that, the ref pauses the fight and allows Irvin to recover. The replay doesn’t really show a poke, unfortunately. Sakara isn’t happy. Goldberg on Irvin: "He’s had an interesting run, in and out of the Octagon." Quite an understatement. After some deliberation, Rosenthal calls it a TKO. The crowd boos the weird ending. A closer replay shows that Irvin just got straight-up punched in the eye. Nothing illegal there. Sakara def. Irvin via TKO, 3:01 of round 1.

I wonder what James Irvin would look like at welterweight? Nah, just fire the unlucky bastard.

Cheick Kongo vs. Paul "Don’t Fear Me, Fear the Consequences" Buentello

Round 1: Buentello bouncing spastically, and throws the right. They clash with punches, and Kongo clinches and bulls Buentello into the fence. After some effort, he gets the Headhunter to the ground. Buentello gets to a knee, and struggles to his feet, but Kongo slams him back down. Hey, this isn’t a standup war! Buentello looking for a kimura. Kongo is tenacious on Buentello, positionally speaking, but isn’t doing much damage besides the occasional knee. Buentello yanks out but jacks up his finger in the process. Dislocated pinky? Herb Dean pauses the fight and the crowd is furious. Buentello is in pain, but he pulls it back in place with the doctor’s help and the fight is back on. Crazy. Kongo lands a 1-2 and shoots for a takedown, which he gets. Kongo throws down a few punches as Buentello crouches against the cage. Herb stands ‘em. Buentello seems to slip after a striking exchange and Kongo finishes out the round throwing down punches. 10-9 Kongo.

Round 2: Kongo lands a couple of leg kicks. Kongo chases with punches and once again dumps Buentello on his ass. Kongo trying to finish with punches from the top, with Buentello desperately trying to get back to his feet. Kongo is warned for downward elbows to Buentello’s ass. Kongo blasts Buentello in the face with a knee when Buentello was on one knee and the fight is paused. Herb gives Paul a moment to clear his head. Herb deducts a point for it. When the fight’s back on, Kongo goes for the takedown again, gets it, and starts slamming knees to Buentello’s body. Buentello gets up and eats a punch before getting taken down again. Inexplicably, Kongo is doing his best Clay Guida impression. Buentello gets hit in the face with another knee on the ground, but Herb says Paul was "playing the game," trying to draw the foul.  They’re back up and Kongo is slugging, before another takedown. "He’s getting molested," says Joe. Herb orders them up. Buentello is beaten and exhausted. Kongo comes in for another clinch. 9-9 because of the penalty…though maybe a 9-8.

Round 3: Another takedown from you know who. Kongo has an arm around Buentello’s head and throws elbows with the other arm. Buentello taps from elbows to the thigh. They could have landed anywhere — the Headhunter had absorbed enough pain for one night. That, friends, was an ass beating. Kongo def. Buentello via submission (strikes), 1:16 of round 3.

Oh great, a creepy Extenze commercial where 92-year-old Jimmy Johnson talks to a young female reporter about how his cock-game just went from good to great. And yet when Terry Bradshaw does it, it’s "harassment."

Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Round 1: A minute of feeling-out. Dos Santos jabs to the gut. Gonzaga shoots and scores a takedown, but JDS pops up quickly. Leg kick Gonzaga. More low jabbing from Dos Santos. And some head shots that don’t land. Gonzaga whiffs his scary head-kick. Dos Santos returns a high kick unsuccessfully, but lands a kick to the body. Straight rights from Dos Santos. Gonzaga tries the high kick again but is blocked, and JDS comes back with a left hook that drops Gonzaga. Dos Santos finishes Gonzaga in brutal fashion, hauling off on Gabe’s face until the fight is stopped. Future freakin’ champion. Dos Santos def. Gonzaga via KO, 3:53 of round 1. The crowd starts to boo Dos Santos for some reason but they come back around when he promises them more good knockouts. He says he wants to fight the best and is ready for a title shot. Unfortunately, the heavyweight division is so log-jammed due to Lesnar’s illness, the interim title situation and Cain being in front of him in line, that it’ll be a while before that actually happens.

They show John Howard vs. Daniel Roberts from the undercard. Roberts starts out looking very impressive with his grappling and pace, but Howard turns the tables with a slam, and knocks Roberts *cold* as soon as he gets on top. Bring on Anthony Johnson

Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones
Vera’s accent is athletic *and* explosive. Jon Jones does a few slow arms-up twirls before entering the arena, that will surely become an animated gif by tomorrow morning. His entrance music is "Empire State of Mind." He does a victory cartwheel before the fight even starts. Man. My condolences to Brandon’s mother. Bones practices his reverse-kick against a cage-post.

Round 1: Jones clinches immediately and gets the leg-trip takedown. Jones starts working his punches. Big left from Jones before Vera kicks him off. Back on the feet. Jones catches a kick from Vera but can’t capitalize. Jones clinches again and scores another takedown. Jones in Vera’s guard. Rogan points out that Jones keeps leaving his arm in danger. Elbow from Jones. Vera blasts Jones with an illegal upkick whil Jones’s knee is down. Jones grabs his jaw in pain and anger. Herb deducts a point from Vera and lets them return to their position, with Jones in Vera’s guard. Elbow from Jones. Vera nearly lands another illegal upkick. Jones gets his range and lands an elbow that makes Vera grab his face and turtle up. More follow-up punches and the fight is over. Rogan wonders if Vera has a broken orbital bone.
Jones def. Vera via TKO, 3:19 of round 1. Look, the kid is a prodigy and his elbows bring nothing but suffering. Jones credits God and hard work. He says potential is the worst thing to waste, and he doesn’t want to let that happen. Can’t wait to see who he gets next. Any suggestions/predictions? That’s the show, so we’ll talk at you tomorrow kiddies.

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ReX13- March 22, 2010 at 6:17 am

"You got some" Herb Dean--man, i love that guy, and his calling out Buentello for trying to "play the game" was awesome.

Junior Dos Santos--dude headbutted the cage, ya'll. JDSFTW.

BONES--i told you it would make a good band name. Something about this young fella that i like a lot. It may be that he put a hurtin on Vera, but i liked him before that. Either way, is it too early to hook him up with the Rua/Machida loser?
vengful1- March 22, 2010 at 2:25 am
I predicted Jones TKO via murder in the 2nd. I guess I underestimated him!

I can't believe anyone thought Vera would win by sub. Now Vera will probably get some chump to fight (once he gets a glass eye installed) just so he doesn't lose 3 in a row. And you know what that means. Maybe he can do his little victory dance on street corners for change. He is officially irrelevant in the UFC.
Steffmeister- March 22, 2010 at 2:15 am
Some fast fights last night... As in a fast way for me to lose $200... Ninja you dissapoint...

H. Dean FTW
fatbellyfrank- March 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm
@ nicey, take your point, very well elaborated , didn't get to see the card myself,(Down here in Australia we still get to watch EliteXC highlights, complete with Bill Goldberg and Stephen Quadros, or Skeletor, can't tell the difference) only UFC we get is PPV's, and that's televised on Sunday afternoon's.
After reading your post, gotta agree I would have been a bit pissed about shelling out $50 for that one.
I'm still gonna try and see footage of Jonny Jones wherever and whenever I can, dude has a pretty awesome skill set and he's still only 23? (somewhere therabouts)
Imagine what he's gonna be like when he finishes growing.
Agree with your point about shitty little comments just because you disagree with another poster's opinion, disagree with comments and argue your point for sure but respect another MMA fan's opinions.
And @ Tdurden and rampageisgod, I played Rugby league back in the day and gotta few dislocated fingers, doesn't stop you playing but I wouldn't have liked to try and throw any useful punches, just saying
FedorsIceCreamDealer- March 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm
Jones vs Lil Nog
Dos Santos vs Velasquez

make it happen Dana!

then bring in Mousasi vs Anderson Silva
MKO- March 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Damn, is there a better finisher than Dos Santos?
nicey- March 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm
indeed, the incredible amounts of advertising attributed to the shittyness of the experience.
nicey- March 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

i would, and was looking forward to the vera fight.

the problem was, and this is why i say it under-delivered. maybe it was the wrong choice of words? but 3 fights, including the main event, got stopped in the first round, which is fine if its exciting, but they really werent. the main event lasted 3 mins, and ended after hardly any strikes, due to vera getting elbowed once or twice. pretty anti-climatic after all the hype.

dos santos looked good, but again, the fight ended really quickly, due to a nice punch - nothing all that spectacular. again, somewhat anti-climatic.

irvin fight ends early, in the 1st round, due to eye punch.

the kongo/buentello fight was not very exciting, and ended due to "elbow strikes to the thigh"..............

Looking at the above, can you really say that this card, if you paid standard PPV rates for, really delivered? not saying its the lineup, or the fighters, just the circumstances.

oh, and people who call someone a loser slash bitch on the internet at someone who is simply voicing their opinion.. well, you yourselves obviously fit that description more so than i do. given the above breakdown, i feel it was a valid assessment of the card. you do not. agree to disagree. bitches.

Savageleto- March 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm
...I gotta say that the way this UFC was delivered sucked hard.

If you are going to put an event on Free TV in order to sell the PPV, that's fine. Show the Undercard fights instead of running an hour of mini-RV monster truck commercials during a two hour broadcast.

5 fights and 4 of them done in the first round.
Randy Pan- March 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm
Jones looked huge next to Vera. He took Vera down with ease, and I guess the dude is just incredibly strong, because that one elbow (followed by another in the exact same spot) seemed to deform Vera's head a bit. Vera got smashed quicker than Bonnar did.

Jones V. Machida? Jones V. Rua? Exciting stuff.

I was impressed by Jones, but I can't help but think the fight probably would have been a great deal cooler if Vera hadn't eaten those two elbows to the dome. The way the fight was going, it looked like Jones was going to be slamming/sweeping Vera all night; Vera's defensive guard seemed to be working for him up until his face got all dented up. If Vera had been able to control Jones a bit more on the ground, it would have at least been more competitive, and maybe it wouldn't have ended in a first-round skull-busting.
steampunk22- March 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm
Fuck sakes, Irvin cost me two perfectas, and unless someone gets a perfect in the prize pool, $200 worth of gear.

Totally had Sakara and switched at the last minute! DAMMIT! lol
whambamthankyoumam- March 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm
I like the kid but for some reason i want to see him lose. Maybe throw forrest griffin his way that would be sick. anyway the LHW division is stacked so there is a lot of challengers
Evan- March 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Maybe Jon Jones could fight Forrest, he's now a gregg jackson guy so he probably won't want to fight Rashad or Keith Jardine (though they would make good opponents). I think Jones is 1 or 2 wins shy of a title shot.

Will the UFC drop Vera?? I hope not! He should consider a move back up to heavyweight. Light heavyweight is just too stacked right now. If he stays at light heavyweight he should fight Jardine (with the loser booted from the UFC). If he moves up to heavyweight let him fight cro cop or frosch or buentello. Bottom line is he needs to win his next fight...
fatbellyfrank- March 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm
nicey, you wouldn't pay to watch Jones fight? the dude is something special,main event all the way for Jones
Clinch-Smash- March 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm
What a great start to a great (10 fight cards in less than a month) run for all of MMA. Bones made me a very happy man as did JDS. That was really fucked up what john howard did, i was rooting for him but that was not needed, he was WAY out and he just keep coming.

WAR tonights refs, they did a GREAT job, spot on all night.
Grease Me up Woman- March 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm
Watching howard punch an obviously ko'd opponent over and over again was disgusting. Good thing the ref jumped in and stopped another unneeded punch right before it landed, but then again where was the ref on the first three?
dranokills- March 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm
most impressive fighter tonight: Dos santos
Most impressive fight NOT shown on TV: about some video of this BEN and BEN.

Biggest vagina of the night: T-Durden or TURDen or whichever fucking gay name he picked.
What's a matter TURD does your pussy hurt? You couldn't concentrate on the fights so instead attack your fellow users?

Ok now I expect a BIG response from you bitch, so please make it good so everyone can see your bleeding vag......and GO!
DazedNConfused- March 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm
Nicey is a loser. Go watch something else then ya little biotch. I thought this card delivered everything it should have. Plus it showed that Jones, and Junior Dos Santos are the real deal. Oh and that Irvin is indeed the unluckiest man to ever step into an octagon.
robthom- March 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm
"Good thing this was free, cuz i sure as sh1t wouldnt have paid for the lineup, and it definitely under-delivered in my opinion."

Well go watch Hansen/Fernandez and shut the fuck up your bitching IMO.

"Give him Thiago Silva."

nicey- March 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm
Roberts continuing to drop bombs while the dood was CLEARLY knocked out - disgusting. What a f**ing punk. Then he acts all bad-ass afterwards. Sure he knocked him the ef out, but what a lil b1tch.

Also, vera is going to need a new eye socket.

Good thing this was free, cuz i sure as sh1t wouldnt have paid for the lineup, and it definitely under-delivered in my opinion.
ThrashingMad- March 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Give him Thiago Silva.
robthom- March 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm
As long as Shad and Bones are both Jacksons, which will hopefully last awhile, I'm sure they wont fight each other.

I figure logic and fairplay would dictate that Shad gets first in line to rematch for the belt and Bones hangs back.
If Shad fails, Bones would make the next run.
cecils_pupils- March 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm
Vera got skull fucked with one shot from Johny "Break ur Bones" Jones. Damn... who can give that man a proper test?

On another note, the refs did a great job tonight. The only exception I saw was an extra shot or two to Roberts' head after the KO blow, that one coulda been stopped earlier had the ref been a little closer to the action. But I gotta give it to Rosenthal and Herb Dean - they did a great job tonight.
rampageisgod- March 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm
@ jimbonics

That's what I was thinking. But I would like to see the winner of that match fight Jones for the title shot. But that might leave too much layoff.
T_Durden- March 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Would Rashad fight him now that Bones Jones is fighting out of the Jackson camp?