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Video Evidence: Jon Jones Makes Pro Debut, Whips Ass of Unluckiest Fighter on Face of Earth

(Vid: YouTube/8countnews)

Can you even imagine being the poor, unsuspecting 0-2 light heavyweight who showed up at a small-time independent MMA show in Foxborough, Mass., back in April of 2008 to fight an unheralded rookie named Jon Jones? Well – good news — now you don’t have to imagine. Thanks to a vid dredged up by the homies at Middle Easy, we have the moving pictures right there at top.  I mean, my God, it’s highly possible this poor sap Brad Bernard (who fights out of something called “The Bucket Brigade” and is identified by the announcers here early on as a *shudder* “barroom brawler” ) actually thought he was going to win this fight against a green 21-year-old nobody had ever heard of before. Spoiler alert: Bernard does not win this fight.

Some background on the vid itself: It originates from 8 Count News’ Peter Czymbor, who confesses to being the play-by-play announcer on the event broadcast. He apparently just recently saved this fight from obscurity by pulling it off the original DVD and posting it to the interwebs for all to see. That was mighty nice of him, if we do say so ourselves. We should also point out that Czymbor is apparently not the announcer on this video who pours a whole cooler full of Haterade on Jones for being “kind of a sore-sport” after some “cocky behavior” during the fight and for an “illegal” kick which later turned out to be totally legal. That would be somebody named Mark Chaupetta and in his defense, the broadcasters didn’t have the luxury of live instant replay during the event, which makes his gripes over Jones’ kick a bit more excusable.

After the jump, some words from Czymbor about this fight …

“I’d be fibbing if I told you I was totally aware of who Jon Jones was going into that event or how special he was,” Czymbor writes. “At the time, he was just another guy on the bout sheet fighting early in the evening against a winless (0-2 at the time) Nashua, New Hampshire heavyweight named Brad Bernard. However, we’d all be buzzing about this athletic freak from Endicott, New York when the night was over. ‘Did you see the guy who flipped that dude over?’ was a common question being asked cageside at the night’s end.

During my play-by-play call of the fight of the signature moment of the fight, I screamed into the microphone, ‘Jones with a Suplex!’ before (slightly) more calmly saying, ‘He flipped him over.’ It was the one and only fight promoter Mike True was interested in watching when I delivered the final DVD to his home weeks later and as we both watched, we knew we were seeing a prospect worth keeping an eye on.”

Yeah, that’s sort of an understatement. As Czymbor notes, after quickly dispatching Bernard, Jones went on to fight the next two consecutive weeks and a little less than four months later made his Octagon debut against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87. As for Bernard? Well, he doesn’t have any more fights listed in the Sherdog Fight Finder after Jones. Maybe he figured with luck this bad, he shouldn’t be tempting fate by continuing to step into the cage.

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Clyde- March 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm
I know the refs don't call anything for knees to the body when fighters are turtled so I'm sure kicks should be the same. I know at one point pride had a rule that you could kick downed opponents if they were face up but not if they were face down. That may be what you're thinking of.
Shifty- March 9, 2011 at 9:46 am
Throw at 1:45 was rediculous
NinjaNerd8- March 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm
The rules are actually pretty weird. I'm almost certain that it's legal to knee to the body of a face down opponent but not kick.
Clyde- March 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm
@NinjaNerd: The kick was to the body so it looked legal to me. Unless it was under some other set of rules than the unified ones I don't see anything suspect about it.

Anyway, if you've got the balls to try shit like that in your debut then I've got nothing but respect for you. I'm more worried if he does lose that he won't fight like he does any more. He's never really been in trouble in a fight so he's still got that feeling that he's invincible. Would you try to leapfrog backwards over someone like bader if you'd been KO'd in your last fight?

Can't wait for the Shogun fight.
Patrick- March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm
You can call me a hater, a racist, or maybe just a motherfucker if you feel the urge, but I really want to see "Bones" get knocked the fuck out. Hard.
NinjaNerd8- March 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Lol @ the racist card.

What about the ball gobbling fan boy card? CP talking about this fight like it was a Hendo Bisping destruction KO of the century. He flipped him and then punched him in the eye or something and he gave up. The kick was illegal by the way.

The kick, 12 to 6 elbows, chin butting... Not the cleanest fighter in the world.
tysonmcneely- March 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm
The same guy (Czymbor) did play-by-play on my fight as well. Ironically, a Mark was his co-announcer, but different last name. I don't know if this Mark was calling people cocky, but that's only because I wasn't able to pull off a double overhook suplex and kick to the gut of my downed opponent.
GistoftheFist- March 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm
I guess biceps and beerguts aren't enough to win fights these days.
uzithrasha- March 8, 2011 at 11:48 am
That guy announcing had less class then bones by the way he was trashing him. He just hates black. Fucking racist
Evil_Superman- March 8, 2011 at 11:44 am
I'm pretty sure Bernard is in jail or facing charges, he was running a school with Nuri Shakir in Hudson NH. (this is all hearsay) Shortly after this fight the school was raided and shut down. Apparently Bernard, while also running a small construction company, was selling drugs out of the school and using the money to finance it.

Nuri and the Bucket Brigade have since relocated to Nashua and share space with a gym on Bridge St.
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 8, 2011 at 11:40 am
Viva can you translate? I just keep hearing "Jon Jones" and a bunch of jibberish.
scumbag- March 8, 2011 at 11:38 am
I watched again. I think it is just the style of shorts. I want a apir of those shorts though I think they would hide the piss pretty good for when it happens to me.
scumbag- March 8, 2011 at 11:34 am
Look closely at B's shorts after the first takedown from Jones. DID HE PISS HIMSELF??????? I personally know guys from Nashua N.H.and yes they do go to the bar, get wasted, get in a fight and then piss themselves in their drunken stupor. Now all B. Bernard needs is a wicked hot chick to crawl on top off and his night is successful. How can anyone say he lost? Looks like a win on the backwoods N.H. scale to me.
k-onda- March 8, 2011 at 11:32 am
Dude was spewing hater-ade all over the damn place. While Jones' talent was always off the charts, I can see he was playing it real cool as a rookie - nice to see. I got him doing pretty much this to Shogun btw. Every fight he's ever had, people are saying "he hasn't been tested yet, but this next fight..." well, I just think he ain't been tested cause there isn't anybody who can.
Sabado Gigante- March 8, 2011 at 11:28 am
Mark Chaupetta is a virgin
Sudos KFC- March 8, 2011 at 11:26 am
this is why Gerald Harris coined the term "Bum Fighting Championship" to describe the regional mma scene...
Goog- March 8, 2011 at 11:20 am
I wish I'd seen this back when it happened. I could have three more years of hate for that arrogant dick under my belt by now.
Morningwood- March 8, 2011 at 10:42 am
so looking at jones today compared to this video it seems he has grown up a little. But, since he started so low on the maturity scale that ain't sayin much.

But, hey when your that good who cares?