(Dos Santos gave Gonzaga a preview of the fight at weigh-ins. Photo by Dave Mandel, props to Sherdog.)
It was a busy night as the UFC ran a Sunday night show on Versus for the first time and Dream returned to Tokyo with its first show of 2010. Below you’ll find the essential FIGHT! Facts and figures as well as a recap of how we fared with our FIGHT! Picks.
Jon Jones def. Brandon Vera by TKO (strikes) at 3:19 of Round 1.
Junior Dos Santos def. Gabriel Gonzaga by KO (punches) at 3:53 of Round 1.
Cheick Kongo def. Paul Buentello by submission (strikes) at 1:16 of Round 3.
Alessio Sakara def. James Irvin by TKO (punch) at 3:01 of Round 1.
Clay Guida def. Shannon Gugerty by submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:40.
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Eliot Marshall by split decision.
Darren Elkins def. Duane Ludwig by TKO (ankle injury) at 0:44 at Round 1.
John Howard def. Daniel Roberts by KO (punch) at 2:01 of Round 1.
Brendan Schaub def. Chase Gormley by TKO (punches) at 0:47 of Round 1.
Mike Pierce def. Julio Paulino by unanimous decision.
Jason Brilz def. Eric Schafer by unanimous decision.
Sunday night was big for the cards heavy hitters as the UFC handed out three “Knockout of the Night” awards for the first time ever. Jon Jones, Junior Dos Santos and John Howard pocketed the dough. Clay Guida won “Submission of the Night” and there was no “Fight of the Night” bonus awarded.
According to UFC President Dana White, UFC on Versus 1 drew a sell-out crowd of 6,443 for a live gate of $568,125.
Bibiano Fernandes def. Joachim Hansen by split decision to retain the Dream Featherweight Championship.
Josh Barnett def. Siala Siliga by submission in Round 1.
KJ Noons def. Andre Amade by unanimous decision.
Ryo Chonan def. Andrews Nakahara by unanimous decision.
Cole Escovedo def. Yoshiro Maeda by KO in Round 1.
Katsunori Kikuno def. Kuniyoshi Hironaka by KO in Round 1.
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Jimmy Ambriz by submission in Round 2.
We’re currently 28-12 with our picks in 2010.
Jon Jones (-250) vs Brandon Vera (+190)
FIGHT! Pick: Jones Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Gabriel Gonzaga (+200) vs Junior dos Santos (-260)
FIGHT! Pick: Dos Santos Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Paul Buentello (+285) vs Cheick Kongo (-365)
FIGHT! Pick: Kongo Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
James Irvin (-130) vs Alessio Sakara (+100)
FIGHT! Pick: Irvin Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Clay Guida (-500) vs Shannon Gugerty (+325)
FIGHT! Pick: Guida Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Bibiano Fernandes (-105) vs. Joachim Hansen (-125)
FIGHT! Pick: None. Discretion is the better part of valor. Resulting Outcome: CORRECT, haha.
Josh Barnett (-1400) vs. Siala Siliga (+700)
FIGHT! Pick: Barnett Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
KJ Noons (-250) vs. Andre Amade (+190)
FIGHT! Pick: Noons Resulting Outcome: CORRECT