Monday, August 2, 2010


Wow, just … wow. If I had to sum up this fight in only a handful of words, it would be “quick, clean and brutal”. Jon “Bones” Jones clearly does not mess around. Here’s a guy that everyone knew was going to be the next big thing. The question was, how big, and how long until he got there? Jones only had 11 pro fights under his belt before this one, and only 5 of those in the UFC. Regardless, all of them were extremely impressive, including even his only loss against Matt Hamill for the illegal elbows at the Ultimate Finale 10.He was clearly winning that fight until the disqualification occurred. Every time he stepped into the cage, it was a clear step up in competition, and every time, he exceeded all expectations.

Now, it’s time to face The Janitor. Vladimir Matyushenko is a serious veteran of the sport. He’s been fighting professionally since 1997, has 24 wins out of 29, and has fought a lot of talented competition over the years. Some, including myself, actually,  had given this fight too easily to Jones, saying that his youth and athleticism could be more than a match against Matyushenko’s experience.

And they were clearly correct. Jones opens up quickly with a spinning back kick, takes Matysuhenko down, traps him in a mounted crucifix position, rained machine gun elbows on him from the top, and ends the fight only 1:52 into the first round. You want to talk explosive, you talk Jon Jones.

What’s next for this kid? Well, sky’s the limit at this point. If he keeps up this pace, he will definitely get that title shot in the near future, and all eyes will still be on him.

Check out more amazing images from UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko over at the official UFC website!

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