Brandon Vera and Jon Jones will headline Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first event on th Versus Channel in Broomfield, Colorado, on March 21st. While the two Light Heavyweight contenders will seek for a statement that they belong to the top of the UFC 205 food chain, Brazilian knockout phenom Junior Dos Santos will go to war against the more experienced Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga, in the co-main event of the evening.
The event will also feature a potential slugfest between the former Heavyweight title contender Paul Buentello, and Cheick Kongo, who would like to prove his worth after a submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 107.
Also, James “The Sandman” Irvin will make his first return to The Octagon since the loss to Anderson Silva at Fight Night 14, against an aggressive Alessio Sakara who will look for another victory in the UFC.
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Preliminary fights results:
Jason Brilz def. Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:47
John Howard def. Daniel Roberts via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:01
Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig via TKO (ankle injury) – Round 1, 0:44
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:40
| Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin
via TKO 3:04 Round 1
|Round 1: They touch gloves and the fight is underway. James Irvin throws the first jab, but it clearly looks like Sakara is a sharper fighter here with a good counter. Despite the “cage rust” Irvin controls The Octagon stalking Sakara. The Italian tries some lowkick-spinning elbow combos, but nothing does too much damage. Sakara and Irvin begin to trade; Sakara rocks Irvin with a very good left hand. “The Sandman” looks hurt… Josh Rosenthal jumps in to stop the fight. James Irvin protests to Doctors and the Commission officials saying that he was poked in the eye. After a few minutes of confusion, Alessio Sakara awarded a TKO victory at 3:04 minutes of the very First Round.|
| Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello
via Submission (Strikes) 1:16 Round 3
|Round 1: Quick pace for this fight right from the start! Paul Buentello is jumping around The Octagon, displaying a good movement. Kongo outpowers Buentello and pushes him to the fence, trying to take him ground. He takes him down and begins to work his Ground-and-Pound. Not much damage from Kongo, but Buentello is still trying to stand up. Buentello is looking for a Kimura, but Cheick Kongo shakes it off. The Frenchman drops some knees and right hand punches. They finally stand up and Buentello looks seriously hurt! Something with his thumb as the doctor checks in… some moments of confusion again, as Buentello’s thumb looks broken. The Headhunter displays a tremendous spirit by continuing the fight! After a short trade of punches Kongo takes down Buentello again, not much damage and Herb Dean decides to stand up the fighters. Not much damage on both sides here, but Kongo will take that round. 10-9.|
|Round 2: Fantastic start for the second round. Buentello and Cheick Kongo trade punches, as The Frenchman is trying some very good kicks. When the situation gets dangerous, Cheick Kongo decides to take Paul Buentello down, and he does it with ease. Kongo continues to work his way with punches and knees. Kongo knees Buentello to the body and then on the head. Herb Dean is quick to stop that, giving Buentello time for recovery, and deducting one point from Cheick Kongo for illegal knee on the head of downed opponent. Cheick Kongo came here with a very good gameplan, simply outpowering Buentello. Another illegal knee by Cheick Kongo, and Herb Dean decides to continue the fight on the feet. Buentello looks exhausted, but he still manages to catch Cheick Kongo with a very good cross. Second Round ends, probably in Buentello’s favor, due to the one point deduction.|
|Round 3: Third round begins in the very same way. Buentello goes toe-to-toe with Cheick Kongo when it comes striking, but the Frenchman takes him down at will. Kongo does some vicious Ground-and-Pound here, fully controlling Buentello. Paul Buentello decides that he had enough, and to disappointment of the local fans he taps out to strikes at 1:16 of the Third Round.|
| Junior Dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga
via TKO 3:53 Round 1
|Round 1: The fight goes underway with a very cautious approach from both fighters. Gonzaga is the first one with a good kick. Gonzaga controls the cage here, as Junior Dos Santos stays patients. Powerful kicks by Napao! Gonzaga manages to take Junior Dos Santos down, but he quickly stands up. Junior Dos Santos is clearly a counter puncher here, but he still looks very dangerous with his every striking attempt. Junior Dos Santos begins to catch up the pace, he is the one who controls the pace here with some good combinations that clearly disturb Gabriel Gonzaga. Napao is in with a kick, but a good counter left hook rocks him to the ground… Junior Dos Santos begins his onslaught, as Gonzaga is struggling to defend himself… Josh Rosenthal jumps in to stop the fight at 3:53 minutes of the First Round. Fantastic victory for Cigano!
| Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera
via TKO 3:19 Round 1
|Round 1: The fight starts, and Jon Jones immediately takes Brandon Vera to the ground! Vera is defending himself from Ground and Pound here and finally manages to push Jon Jones away. Stand up. After a short trade Jones takes down Vera again with a very impressive throw. Not much action on the ground, as Brandon Vera illegally kicks Jon Jones, while he was with his knees on the ground. Herb Dean decides to deduct one point from Vera, returning both fighters to the same position. Jon Jones works his way through and catches Vera with a very powerful elbow, right into the eye socket. Brandon Vera looks hurt, as “Bones” goes berserk with a vicious Ground-And-Pound… Herb Dean rushes in and stops the fight, awarding Jon Jones a TKO victory at 3:19 of the First Round. The crowd is booing for some reason, but it was an impressive performance by Jon Bones Jones!|