Posted on: March 21, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:25 am
The main event is up, as Jon Jones faces Brandon Vera at light heavyweight.
Jones -- a native of Endicott, N.Y. -- enters the arena to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." Vera has great Muay Thai, but Jones has a six inch reach advantage.
Round 1: Jones doesn't make eye contact during the staredown, but they do touch gloves.
Jones instantly ties up Vera and completes a leg-trip takedown. Jones works from Vera's full guard. He can't get anything started down there before Vera escapes to his feet. Vera sets up a leg kick with a light jab, but Jones catches the leg. Jones with a big takedown into Vera's full guard.
Jones fights to establish distance to throw strikes, but Vera's locking up his upper body. Jones lands a nice punch. Vera's controlling the wrist. Upkick to the jaw by Vera, but Jones' knee was down, so it's an illegal strike. Jones is ready to fight, so Herb Dean takes a point away from Vera and restarts the fight from the same position.
Jones trying to posture up and throw strikes but Vera's controlling both wrists. Jones needs to watch out for an armbar, because he's leaving his arms wide open here. Another upkick by Vera, but it hits the shoulder, so no foul.
Jones lands a big left hook to the jaw, and Vera is stunned. Jones throws a hard elbow to the eye socket and smashes him with a couple more punches before Dean waves it off. Very impressive win for Jones, who gives a shout out to Endicott as the camera zooms in.
Winner: Jon Jones defeats Brandon Vera via TKO due to strikes at 3:19 of Round 1.
Posted on: March 21, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: March 21, 2010 11:08 am
Did I mention it's live?
UFC makes its debut on Versus tonight with UFC Live, from Broomfield, Colo. I'll be live-blogging the show beginning with quickie undercard results at about 8:45 p.m. ET. Check back for full round-by-round coverage.
Undercard (may not air on TV):
But now, they get to say there was a "pull-apart." Fight Hype 101.
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:11 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2009 10:37 pm
We're kicking things off with Brandon "The Truth" Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski at light heavyweight.
Soszynski is looking for his seventh consecutive win overall, and his fourth since entering the UFC. Vera should make that a pretty tall order, though. Soszynski will need to take this to the ground, or Vera may pick him apart.
Round 1: Soszynski throws fists to start and Vera counters with a hard kick to the liver. Vera circling as Soszynski seems to want to stand and bang with him. Soszynski tied Vera up against the cage and tries a little dirty boxing but Vera breaks free. Leg kick by Vera. Soszynski throws a leg kick and Vera tags him with a right hand to counter. Vera working the leg kicks on Soszynski now. That's how he broke down Michael Patt in his last fight. They clinch against the cage again, this time with Soszynski against the fence, but it's a stalemate so Vera breaks. Vera works elbows from the tie-up. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 Vera.
Round 2: Vera's looking for the big left hand now. Soszynski's looking for combinations while Vera loads up on that left. They tie up briefly and Vera throws a knee to the head on the break. Vera with a nice right hook. Soszynski with an uppercut while Vera is off balance. Soszynski finally looks to be shooting for a takedown and Vera loses his mouthpiece, so Herb Dean breaks them up so he can put it back in his mouth. They trade straight rights. Vera lands a left, which Soszynski actually dodged, but Vera's reach advantage helped him connect. They clinch against the cage again and Vera works knees to the inner thigh. Vera with close-range fists and elbows as the horn sounds. 10-9 Vera again, and I can't believe Soszynski hasn't made more of an effort to take it to the canvas.
Round 3: Soszynski lunges forward with a combo and eats an uppercut for his trouble. His face is showing some battle damage. Soszynski mixes in some leg kicks and a fist. He ducks in for a double leg takedown but Vera escapes. Soszynski with a muay thai clinch but Vera is defending well. They clinch against the cage again and exchange knees to the thigh. Vera takes Soszynski down to the mat and starts hammering on his head. Soszynski gets to his feet and Vera times a nice knee to the head. Brief stoppage on an errant shot to Soszynski's groin. Soszynski with another muay thai plomb but the only knee he throws misses the mark. Vera with a combo. Soszynski throws a right and Vera ducks it. Vera goes back to the body kicks with 30 seconds remaining. They swing it out before the final horn, and it's gotta be 30-27 for Vera.
Winner: Brandon Vera defeats Krzysztof Soszynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
"I wish I could have knocked him out, guys," Vera said to the crowd (which at times audibly booed the action during the clinches). "Next time. Krzysztof's a tough dude."
That's Vera's second win in a row, and his first back-to-back UFC wins in about three years.
Posted on: July 19, 2008 10:56 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2008 11:22 pm
Brandon Vera's debut at light heavyweight is up next, as he takes on Reese Andy. The fighters are entering the cage.
Round 1: Andy forces Vera against the cage. Vera with a Muay Thai clinch. He lands one knee before Andy backpedals out of harm's way. Vera is hanging back, waiting for Andy to walk into range and throwing combos. Andy with a knee. Vera takes him down. Vera with side control and Andy's head is against the fence. Andy with a series of upkicks to escape back to his feet. Vera throws a looping head kick and misses. Andy with a right cross as the round ends. Vera 10-9.
Round 2: Vera takes Andy down and goes for his back. Andy is against the cage. He turns his back to the cage and grabs Vera's leg. Andy back to his feet. Andy moves in to strike. Vera throws a combo before grabbing another Muay Thai clinch for a knee. Andy fakes a takedown and catches Vera on the chin with a right. Andy gets inside and pushes Vera to the cage. Vera with knees to the ribs. Vera's looking to counterstrike and Andy knows it, so neither guy is throwing much. Vera with a strong leg kick as the round ends. Vera 20-18.
Round 3: Andy is more active now, aware that he's probably losing on the scorecards. He forces Vera back against the cage again but doesn't do much while there. Mazzagatti breaks them up and brings them to the center. Vera looks tired but Andy's not looking much better. The crowd is not happy with this fight by the sounds of things. Andy with a left hook. Vera with a clinch again. He lands three solid knees to the jaw, then lets go of the clinch. Andy puts him back against the cage again. Andy chasing Vera down for punches but can't find anything. Another knee by Vera. Vera's not throwing much in the way of punches. Vera puts Andy against the cage as the round ends. 10-9 Vera again, so I score it 30-27. But this was not his finest hour.
Winner: Brandon Vera defeats Reese Andy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) after three rounds.
"The 205 cut was a little more tough than I thought, but I'm happy where I'm at," Vera said after the win. Joe Rogan asked him if cutting from heavyweight to 205 was what tired him out.
"I didn't think it did, until me and Reese locked up," he said. "Then I'm like, 'Whoo, I'm tired.'"
Vera closed his postfight interview by appealing to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and offering to take him on vacation somewhere. I wonder if Vera knows Rampage is currently in attendance at the Affliction PPV.
Posted on: June 7, 2008 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2008 3:35 pm
Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera opens the main broadcast.
Round 1: Werdum clinches Vera against the cage. Vera fights his way out of the clinch with fists and elbows. Werdum ties him up again and scores a takedown, landing in Vera's guard. Werdum with some ground and pound. Vera escapes to his feet and throw a knee, which Werdum catches. He can't take him down, and instead lands on his back and eats a few shots. Vera lets him up. Nice left by Vera, and Werdum is now backing up. He collects himself and takes Vera down again. Werdum passes Vera's guard for full mount and starts hammering away with 30 seconds left in the round. Vera is covering up and not really in trouble, but also not bettering his position or striking back. Referee Dan Miragliotta (does that name ring a bell?) stops the fight with seconds remaining, and Vera immediately stands up complaining, not looking the least bit wobbly or hurt.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum defeated Brandon Vera via TKO due to strikes at 4:40 of Round 1.
After the fight, Werdum tells Joe Rogan that Vera was saying something to the referee and implied that Vera might have been telling him to stop the fight. The crowd is crapping all over this result.
Vera gets cheered when he steps up to Rogan's microphone.
"I said 'I'm OK, I'm OK, I'm OK! I'm not gonna quit. Are you kidding me? F--- that!'" Vera said.
Vera points out that he was covering up well during the ground and pound and wasn't rocked by any shots. That, plus the fact that the round was almost over, and Vera felt the stoppage was too early.
"It's fifteen seconds left in the round," Vera said. "Let me take the ass-whoopin'!"
My initial thought: It's too bad most of the people crying "fix" on the Miragliotta stoppage of Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson won't be watching UFC 85, because this illustrates several points. Among them: A) Early stoppages can happen in any MMA promotion, B) they can happen on PPV as easily as they happened on CBS, C) refereeing is subjective and subject to human error no matter how big a superstar the fighter is. Unless Kimbo Slice is best buddies with Fabricio Werdum and nobody knew it, I think it's time to put the criticism where it belongs -- on Miragliotta.