UFC on Versus 1 / Dream 13 round up

23 03 2010

What makes mixed martial arts so exciting is that anything really can, and usually does happen. With that in mind I went 1-2 in my first round of fight predictions for UFC’s first live event on Versus. Gonzaga failed to take down Dos Santos, and Cheick Kongo surprisingly stuck to a great game plan and gave Paul Buentello his walking papers from the UFC. Jon Jones passed with flying colours in his toughest test yet against veteran Brandon Vera with a first round TKO, and helped me save face by at least getting one of my predictions right – I did say they were unreliable! While not in the fight predictions page, I did comment on Dream 13, and just like I said, Josh Barnett beat ‘Mighty Mo’ by first round submission using a modified amrbar, (similar to a kimura) in homage to his ‘catch as catch can’ grappling base. The next event I’ll be offering fight predictions with betting lines, will be for UFC 111 on March 27th which will be headlined by Georges St-Pierre vs Dan Hardy. I’ll have the predictions in the next couple of days along with part 2 of my history of MMA, which will be covering the Gracies, and the birth of Vale Tudo.

Update: According to Brandon Vera’s Manager Matt Stansell, the devastating elbow Jon Jones landed which caused Vera to roll over and signal the end of the fight, fractured Vera’s right cheekbone in three different places. A fracture like this can be very dangerous, especially as it’s right by the eye socket, in which there’s a high chance that fragments of bone can penetrate the eye. A return date for Vera (if ever) is unknown. Meanwhile expect Jon Jones to face the loser of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Rashad Evans.

Full Weekend Results

UFC on Versus 1

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Jason Brilz Eric Schafer Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
2 Mike Pierce Julio Paulino Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
3 Brendan Schaub Chase Gormley TKO (Punches) 1 0:47
4 John Howard Daniel Roberts KO (Punch) 1 2:01
5 Darren Elkins Duane Ludwig TKO (Ankle Injury) 1 0:44
6 Vladimir Matyushenko Eliot Marshall Decision (Split) 3 5:00
7 Clay Guida Shannon Gugerty Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 3:40
8 Alessio Sakara James Irvin TKO (Punch) 1 3:01
9 Cheick Kongo Paul Buentello Submission (Elbows to the Body) 3 1:16
10 Junior dos Santos Gabriel Gonzaga TKO (Punches) 1 3:53
11 Jon Jones Brandon Vera TKO (Elbows and Punches) 1 3:19

Dream 13

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Ikuhisa Minowa Jimmy Ambriz Submission (Toe Hold) 2 2:42
2 Katsunori Kikuno Kuniyoshi Hironaka KO (Punch) 1 1:26
3 Cole Escovedo Yoshiro Maeda KO (Head Kick) 1 2:29
4 Ryo Chonan Andrews Nakahara Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
5 Karl James Noons Andre Amado Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
6 Josh Barnett Siala Siliga Submission (Kimura) 1 4:41
7 Bibiano Fernandes Joachim Hansen Decision (Split) 2 5:00
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